Malay, Larantuka in Indonesia

Malay, Larantuka
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People Name: Malay, Larantuka
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 24,000
World Population: 24,000
Primary Language: Malay, Larantuka
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Malay
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Larantuka Malay is one of the Malay languages spoken in Indonesia. It has borrowed a number of words from Portuguese. This is because Flores Island, the home of most Larantuka speakers, was once an outpost for Portuguese traders in the 1700s.
The Larantuka Malay speakers are a distinct people group from their neighbors. They are less likely to speak Bahasa than the other people groups of Indonesia.

Where Are they Located?

Larantuka Malay is spoken in and around the city of Larantuka on the small island of Flores in south-central Indonesia. According to Wikipedia, there are a smaller number of people who speak this language on the nearby islands of Adonara, Solor, and Lembata.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There is almost no information about these people, but most likely they grow rice and fish. Flores Island is not a trade center, so the opportunities to expand to other ways of making a living is limited.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like most other Indonesian people groups, the Larantuka Malay are Sunni Muslim. However, there is a small Roman Catholic minority among them from the days of Portuguese influence.

What Are Their Needs?

The Larantuka Malay need more ways to earn a living and develop their local economy.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Roman Catholics among them will focus their spirituality on the lord Jesus Christ, and learn to obey Him.
Pray for radio broadcasts and gospel recordings to find their way into Larantuka Malay communities.
Pray for a Disciple-Making Movement among the Larantuka Malay people of Indonesia.

Text Source:   Keith Carey