Malay, Melaju in Thailand

Generally, the Malay tend to be a rural people. Even in countries such as Singapore and Thailand, they are found living together in villages. Most of the Melaju Malay are wet rice farmers. They may also work on small rubber tree plantations. Others work as laborers on large agricultural estates. Many urban Malay have found employment as government clerks, technicians, factory workers, sales persons, or small businessmen; very few have professional occupations. Certain traditional Malay arts and crafts still flourish, such as the making of batik cloth and the production of metals. In general, courtesy is a very important aspect of Malay society. Most of their groups are loosely structured, and loyalty to a group is not as important as being courteous.

Ministry Obstacles
The strongest characteristic of Melaju Malay identity that remains consistent regardless of their location is their adherence to the Islamic faith. Malays worldwide recognize a Malaysian law that defines a Malay as "a person belonging to any Malayan race who habitually speaks Malay (or any Malayan language) and professes the Muslim religion." Anyone who wants them to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than the Islamic religious system will face strong opposition.

Outreach Ideas
Anyone who reaches the Melaju Malay Muslims will need to make it clear that they are being asked to put their faith in a person, Jesus Christ, not a religious system. Hopefully, believers can influence mosque leaders so that they can realize that it's about faith in a Savior. This will take much time and effort.

Pray for the followers of Christ
* Pray that the few followers of Christ among the Melaju Malay people in Thailand will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live joyful and victorious lives that draw others to the Savior. * Pray for a movement of God's blessing to flow through Malaju families discussing and applying God's Word.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for improving educational opportunities for the youth of Thailand, and for growing employment opportunities as well.

Scripture Focus
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever." Revelation 11:15



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