Malay in Indonesia


Indonesia is the largest Muslim nation in the world. Approximately 3.1 million of the 240 million are Malay. The Malay are dispersed across Southeast Asia with the majority centralized in Malaysia and Indonesia. Even though Malay are dispersed throughout Southeast Asia there is one characteristic that that remains constant: their Islamic faith. Many of the Malay live in villages called kampungs. Malay usually work as farmers and are known for making traditional batik clothing and the production of metals.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

Many children suffer from malnutrition and starvation. Asia’s Little Ones has programs for nutrition and medical care in Indonesia. In the article “A Devastating Earthquake and a Father’s Unshakeable Love”, a young AG national pastor is able to bring in children to feed and care for them after an earthquake brought much loss to these children.

Pray for the people these ministries are reaching and that through compassion and spreading of the word, more and more Malay will come to Christ.

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

International Christian Assembly (ICA) has plans to plant 100 churches throughout the following years. As a part of the national church, ICA is aiming to reach the unreached. ICA is also planning to train young people for the ministry to establish strong national churches that are focused on reaching the unreached in Indonesia.

A global worker in Indonesia states: “There are reasons why unreached people groups are unreached. The difficult places remain and are calling to us for a witness.”

Pray for the national church and for cultural workers to partner together to reach the Malay in difficult places.

Visit Asia Pacific Missions to join in reaching the Malay.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:

  • Pray for workers called to minister to the Malay.
  • Pray that the hearts of the Malay will be receptive to the message brought by Asia Pacific Ministries.
  • Pray for the Malay children being impacted by Asia’s Little Ones.
  • Pray for international churches in Indonesia, that the lord may use them to draw Malay people to Him.

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Joshua HuverMalay in Indonesia