Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia

Malay, Cocos Islands
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People Name: Malay, Cocos Islands
Country: Australia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,300
World Population: 8,100
Primary Language: Malay, Cocos Islands
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Malay
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


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.

Text Source:   Joshua Project