Acehnese in Malaysia


Population
82,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Aceh are a blend of many races. They are also known as the Akhir, A-Tsing and Urueng.

Most Aceh people live on the northern tip of Indonesia's island of Sumatra in Aceh Province. They are the majority ethnic group there. Their provincial capital of Banda Aceh used to be a stopover for Southeast Asian Muslims traveling by ship to Mecca.

In the 21st century, there have been a couple of times when Aceh people have fled to Malaysia. This has either been because of civil unrest and the resulting marshal law, which affects the local people, or because of natural disasters. In both cases the Acehnese in Malaysia are living under desperate circumstances.


Where Are they Located?

Acehnese are often not allowed to legally live and work in Malaysia. For that reason, many of them stay near the construction sites and other places of work, ready to flee whenever they see a police officer approaching.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Acehnese are able to find low-paying jobs as construction workers and venders in Malaysia, but a large number of them cannot find work. They are at risk of being trafficked into slave-like conditions. Those who find work are expected to send money back to their families in Indonesia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Known throughout Indonesia as devout followers of Islam, they are very proud of their Muslim faith. Their devotion to Islam has sometimes led to militancy and violence against the Indonesian government, which they consider to be less devoted to Islam.


What Are Their Needs?

The Aceh people in Malaysia need to find ways to contribute to the local economy, and earn an honest living. They need job skills so that they will not be vulnerable to those who will try to exploit them.


Prayer Points

* Pray for Chinese and Indonesian believers to help them gain work skills that will allow them to earn a good living.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to break through to Aceh people so that they will forsake the darkness and seek the One who is the Light of the World.
* Pray for a church planting movement among Aceh people in Malaysia that will spread to those living in Indonesia.


References

https://books.google.com/books?id=50yfyy0F0bQC&pg=PA17&lpg=PA17&dq=Acehnese+Malaysia+work&source=bl&ots=xk8Kn1I2gO&sig=oDnSaO8DCtOioA2iBzUNwNkRZvY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjohbPRpZTOAhUP8GMKHUV1DSEQ6AEIKDAB#v=onepage&q=Acehnese%20Malaysia%20work&f=false
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=894884
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acehnese_people
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/malaysia0404.pdf
http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/geotgb/Nah%20and%20Bunnell.pdf
https://books.google.com/books?id=kQznBwAAQBAJ&pg=PA207&lpg=PA207&dq=%22Acehnese+in+Kuala%22&source=bl&ots=mAe42SCPTC&sig=m49pYgd4E3A-R-1UjIT5Ks34d80&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiHssGqm5TOAhUBwWMKHSAbALgQ6AEIIjAB#v=onepage&q=%22Acehnese%20in%20Kuala%22&f=false


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Acehnese
People Name in Country Acehnese
Population in Malaysia 82,000
World Population 3,566,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Achehnese, Atjeh
People ID 10144
ROP3 Code 100036
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Malaysia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Language Aceh (82,000 speakers)
Language Code ace   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aceh
Primary Language Aceh (82,000 speakers)
Language Code ace   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aceh

Primary Language:  Aceh

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1973)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1996)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1997)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Word of God (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Vanina W  Creative Commons 
Map Source IPN   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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