What are their needs?
Over 80% of Malay are rural farmers and fisherman who struggle to earn a living. Health care, clean water, electricity, education, transportation, and communication are all inadequate.
Although evangelical tools to reach the Malay are available, only a tiny minority of the people have become Christians. The western region of Malaysia, Peninsular Malaysia, forbids Christian witnessing to Muslims; yet the government continuously tries to convert Christians and other religious minorities to Islam. The government has imposed numerous restrictions on churches. In Eastern Malaysia, there is considerably more religious freedom, but Islam is still favored. Much prayer and added laborers are needed to reach the Malay with the Gospel.
- Ask the Lord to send Christian laborers into Malaysia who understand the culture and religion.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to the missions agencies that are presently working with the Malay.
- Pray for effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Malay.
- Pray that God will reveal Himself to the Malay through dreams and visions.
- Pray that the Malaysian government will give the people the freedom to share the Gospel with their countrymen.
- Take authority over the spiritual principalities and powers that are keeping the Malay bound.
- Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
- Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Malay.
- People name: Malay
- Country: Malaysia
- Their language: Malay (Bahasa)
- Largest religion:
- Christians: <1%
- Church members: 1,340
- Scriptures in their own language: Bible
- Jesus Film in their own language: Available
- Christian broadcasts in their own language: Available
- Mission agencies working among this people: 5
- Persons who have heard the Gospel: 2,747,600 (41%)
- Persons who have never heard the Gospel: 3,950,700 (59%)