Most Malay reside in Malaysia but many are also dispersed across southeastern Asia. In the fifth century A.D., the Malay dominated the local trade routes in southeastern Asia and the trade between northwestern India and southern China causing the dispersion of Malay seen today. A large population live in Thailand in comparison, approximately 1.7 million in total, and other minorities live in Indonesia, Brunei, and Singapore.
Malay are a respectful people group; they are known to be kind towards women, children and animals. Most families consist of a husband, his wife, and their children. Most marriages are monogamous and arranged, though according to Islamic law, men may have up to four wives. The primary characteristic of the Malay identity is their adherence to Islam and speaking Malay.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Asia Pacific Media Ministries (APMM) is a ministry founded and led by Bill and Kim Snider. Through various mediums of media such as T.V., radio, and movies, APMM brings the gospel and a Christ-centered message to southeast Asia and beyond. They are currently working on a movie for Muslims in southeast Asia and it will be translated into Thai.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
There are 11.6 million Malay spread across the globe. Those in other countries are called “coastal Malay.” Pray for the Malay people in other countries, that churches in those countries will extend love and compassion towards them.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray churches in Thailand will be used by God to reach the Malay in their communities.
- Because their religion is tied to their identity, pray for wisdom and guidance as they minister to the Malay.
- Pray that the media broadcasted from APMM will plant seeds of the gospel in Malay hearts.
- Pray God gives courage and boldness to the few Malay Christians there are.