Unreached of Day: 2024-7-11

North Sumatera Malay in Indonesia

This Malay people group in North Sumatra is influenced by Islam. The North Sumatera Malay often avoid speaking frankly for fear they will offend someone. They use signs, parables and traditional poetry instead. Other elements of their culture are theater and dance. In the dance, they believe they receive supernatural power by using incantations and occult puppets. Most North Sumatera Malay are Sufi Muslims; however, they still hold to their old animistic beliefs. They believe that spirits are everywhere and influence people's lives.

Ministry Obstacles

Harmony is a priority for these people. For someone in the group to follow Jesus will disrupt this harmony.

Outreach Ideas

Nearby believers can reach out to them with needed help to improve their industries as well as to present the gospel to them clearly.

Scripture Focus

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable."  Isaiah 40:28

Scripture Prayer

Pray that they will soon understand that God is all-powerful and all-knowing.

Prayer Focus

Pray for the few Christian believers within this community, that they would have a strong and faithful testimony for the Lord and would honor him with their lives. The North Sumatera Malay need help in how to better use their land and sea. They need help raising their standard of living through more efficient farming methods and fishing technology. Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who can help them achieve better lives economically and spiritually.

North Sumatera Malay in Indonesia

People Name: North Sumatera Malay
Pronunciation:north soo-MAH-trah muh-LAY
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,318,000
World Population: 2,318,000
Language: Malay
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherent: 0.05%
Evangelical: 0.01%
Bible: Complete
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
Status: Unreached
Progress Level:
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