Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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 Islam. 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 for a movement to Jesus to multiply among families and communities. 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.


Scripture Prayers for the Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Malay, Cocos Islands
People Name in Country Malay, Cocos Islands
World Population 8,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Cocos Islander, Kukus
People ID 11399
ROP3 Code 102252
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory; Christmas Island Territory.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
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)
Language Code coa   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Malay, Cocos Islands (1,200 speakers)
Language Code coa   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Malay, Cocos Islands

Primary Language:  Malay, Cocos Islands

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

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 Dragonboy13 - 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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