PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray that God will render powerless Kumpulan Mujahidin Malaysia (KMM), an Islamic group based in Malaysia. Pray for KMM’s ties with other extremist Islamic groups in the region, including Jemaah Islamiyah and Laskar Jihad to end. Pray against KMM’s terrorist attacks toward Christians in Indonesia.
     
  • Pray that when the enemy comes against innocent people that the Spirit of the Lord will raise up a standard against the enemy by sending forth weapons from His arsenal in heaven. (Exodus 15:3, 6-7 and Isaiah 59:19)
     
  • Pray against demonic forces that are using the terrorists like puppets will be toppled, and that the people will be set free to worship the Lord. Pray that their leaders will experience conversion to Christianity. (1 Timothy 2:1–4)
     
  • Pray especially against the work of extremists who should be labeled terrorists and dealt with by governmental authorities accordingly. (Proverbs 11:21)
     
  • Pray for religious tolerance. Pray especially against the work of extremists who should be labeled terrorists and dealt with by governmental authorities accordingly. (Proverbs 11:21)
     
  • Growing Islamic culture in Malaysia could make it harder for Malay Muslims to hear the truth about Jesus. Pray that Christians would still find opportunities to share the Gospel.
     
  • Thank God that young East Malaysians, Chinese and Indians are becoming Christians in their schools and universities and in universities overseas. Pray that they will receive the discipleship and support they need to really grow in their faith.     
     
  • Few of the tribal groups in East Malaysia have heard about Jesus. At the moment there are not enough people to complete Bible translation into indigenous languages. Pray that more local Christians can be trained to get involved with this vital work.

 


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FACTS
Population: 29,244,000
Total People Groups: 185
Unreached People Groups:86
Region: Southeast Asia
Official National Language: Malay
Secondary National Language: English
Religions: Islam 61.8%, Ethnic Religions 13.5%, Christianity 8.8%, Buddhism 6.4%, Hinduism 6.1%, Non-Religious 2.9%, Other 0.5%
Persecution Ranking: 50
Percentage of People in Poverty:  5.1%

LOCATION
Malaysia is a federation of thirteen states in Southeast Asia. The country consists of two geographical regions divided by the South China Sea: Peninsular Malaysia (or West Malaysia) on the Malay Peninsula shares a land border on the north with Thailand and is connected by the Johor-Singapore Causeway and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link to the south with Singapore. It consists of nine sultanates (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Terengganu), two states headed by governors (Malacca and Penang), and two federal territories (Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur). Malaysian Borneo (or East Malaysia) occupies the northern part of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia and surrounding the Sultanate of Brunei. It consists of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and the federal territory of Labuan.

RELIGION
Muslims make up 58% of Malaysia’s population, while Christians comprise only about 9.2%. Malaysia brings together an interesting fusion of different people and cultures: Malay, Chinese, Indian and a growing immigrant workforce from Indonesia and the Philippines.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Sunni Islam is the official religion in West Malaysia and there is growing pressure for Malaysia to become more Islamic and introduce harsher Islamic laws. It is already illegal for anyone to share their faith with any Malay people because they are Muslims. The government restricts the distribution in peninsular Malaysia of Malay-language translations of the Bible, Christian tapes and other printed materials. In April 2005, the Prime Minister declared that copies of the Malay-language Bible must have the words “Not for Muslims” printed on the front and could be distributed only in churches and Christian bookshops.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors