The Pattani Malay live in the southern provinces of Thailand. Thailand shares its border with Malaysia, and the southern provinces came under Thai control in 1786; They are descendants of Malaysian Muslims from the region. In contrast to the Buddhist majority in Thailand, the Pattani Malay are Muslim, and their faith gives them a distinct identity.
The southern part of Thailand is fertile and rich in resources, so most Pattani Malay are farmers or fisherman. Their social-political structure is like other Malay cultures; there are two social classes: the rulers and the commoners. The head of the ruling class is the sultan and the commoner class is split into three divisions: the subjects, the debt bondsmen, and the slaves. *
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The Thai fellowship includes nearly 150 churches with 5000-7000 adherents. The church has a push to plant churches in 76 provinces in the nation. Nearly half of these provinces lack any Christian witness or congregation.
To join in reaching the Malay Pattani visit AP SpendYourself.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
OneHope is an organization whose goal is to bring scripture to the hands of young people around the world. Since their ministry in Thailand began in 2001, over 12.6 million children have been reached with scripture. Pray that seeds will be planted in the lives of Malay Pattani children.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for the church in Thailand, that through their church planting efforts many Malay Pattani will come to Christ.
- Pray for OneHope and other organizations like Asia’s Little Ones whose purpose is to reach children with the gospel.
- Pray for spiritual freedom and for the hearts of the Malay Pattani as they hear the message.
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*Info from Joshua Project