Lahanan in Malaysia

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Map Source:  Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
People Name: Lahanan
Country: Malaysia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 800
World Population: 800
Primary Language: Lahanan
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 90.00 %
Evangelicals: 15.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Lahanan people are a tribal group. Their numbers are diminishing, and there is a good chance that they will disappear as a people group in the next couple of decades.

Where Are they Located?

Lahanan speakers live in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. It is part of Malaysia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though their population is in the hundreds, there are two separate Lahanan communities because of a dispute. The Lahanan people live in long houses.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Lahanan people is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. Believers who reach out to them need to understand that they are taking them Christ, not Christ plus a foreign culture.

What Are Their Needs?

The Lahanan people need true friends who are willing to help them face the crisis of moving into the 21st century with dignity. Specifically, they need believers who will teach them the right skills as they move into an unfamiliar job market and must deal with people who might try to take advantage of them.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to reveal Himself to Lahanan leaders in such a way that they will open the door to seeking Him.
Pray for spiritual openness among the Lahanan people.
Pray for a church planting movement that is defined by discipleship, love of the Lord, and obedience to His ways.

Text Source:   Keith Carey