Are they Malay or Papuan? Both! Papuan Malay is a language spoken that is similar to Bahasa, the generic trade language used in Indonesia and Malaysia. There is a growing number of people speaking this language. These people live on the island of Borneo, which is shared by Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.
The Indonesian government would like the people of Papua New Guinea to become Islamized. Christianity spread on Papua New Guinea after World War II, which made animistic tribes far more peaceful, as there was one movement to Christ after another there.
Believers can help Papuan Malay speakers to understand the basics of faith in Christ through skits and songs.
Pray that the few believers who speak Papuan Malay would show through their personal lives how Christ blesses those who accept his lordship. Pray for Papuan Malay speakers to understand the vast difference that Jesus Christ makes in a person's life, and cling to him no matter what the cost may be. Pray for many Papuan Malay speakers to come to Christ this decade.
Scripture Prayers for the Malay, Papuan in Indonesia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Malay profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Malay, Papuan|
|People Name in Country||Malay, Papuan|
|Natural Name||Papuan Malay|
|Population this Country||1,162,000|
|Population all Countries||1,162,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||23|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||28 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread throughout Papua province. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Malay, Papuan (1,162,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pmy Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Malay, Papuan
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Malay, Papuan|
|Film / Video||Videos in Malay, Papuan|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Malay, Papuan|
|Text / Printed Matter||Scripture portions in Malay, Papuan|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.10 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|