Cocos Islander, Kukus in Australia


Population
1,200
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Cocos Islander, Kukus
People ID 11399
ROP3 Code 102252
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory; Christmas Island Territory.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Australia
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory; Christmas Island Territory..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Malay, Cocos Islands (1,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: coa   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Malay, Cocos Islands (1,200 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: coa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Malay, Cocos Islands

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
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
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: John Colles Burland - Wikimedia Commons   Creative Commons   Used with permission
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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