Cocos Islander, Kukus in Australia



Population

1,200

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The Cocos Malays are the majority population of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia. The Malay were the first permanent inhabitants of the island, along with Alexander Hare. They were brought as slaves and members of his harem. When a previous claimant, John Clunies-Ross, arrived a year later in 1827, he took the island back, employing the existing population in the harvest of coconuts. Because of the unbroken European rule of the islands, the culture has been mostly Western. The majority of the group is Muslim.


Ministry Obstacles

The majority religion in this small island territory is Muslim. There may be resistance to attempts to share the gospel.


Outreach Ideas

Aside from coconut harvesting and a bit of tourism the Cocos Islands have little sustainability. Perhaps the believers there could create a micro-business that would benefit their Muslim neighbors as they simultaneously share Christ with them.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

The Christians living on the islands are in the minority and may feel very isolated. Pray they will meet together in joyful unity.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Cocos Islanders will continue to feel empowered in making decisions that affect them. Pray they will not be exploited by interests external to the island.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Malay, Cocos Islands
People Name in Country Cocos Islander, Kukus
Population in Australia 1,200
World Population 7,200
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Cocos Islander, Kukus
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Malay
People Name General Malay, Cocos Islands
Ethnic Code MSY44k
People ID 11399
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Malay, Cocos Islands (1,200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Malay, Cocos Islands 1,200
For Primary Language: Malay, Cocos Islands

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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