Daily Topic for May 09, 2013
Today millions of people in thousands of unreached people groups and limited access countries continue to be “led away” from the true and living God by the evil one. But in many cases these people are given an opportunity to hear the truth when they move to a place where the gospel can be preached with minimal interference. Such is the case of the Malay Muslims who live in Singapore.
Pray that many believers will be willing to direct Malay peoples away from spiritual death. Pray for workers among each of Singapore’s Malay minorities.
One would expect the tiny dot on the map at the tip of the Malay Peninsula to be comprised of Malay people, but that dot is the strong vibrant modern city-state of Singapore. It is home to a Malay minority that is only 15 percent of the country’s multi-racial population. Despite being the first inhabitants of the country, the Malay people are not the largest group in Singapore due to the Chinese and Indian immigrants who arrived in later years. Today the Chinese make up the vast majority of the population. In the 1960s, the new country of Malaysia allowed what is now Singapore to form a separate nation (see background article for further details).
In a speech at the Berita Harian Singapore Achiever of the Year Awards ceremony on July 28, 2010, a Singaporean Malay editor commented, “� we [Malays in Singapore] have become a completely different community from what we were 45 years ago. We have developed our own identity and philosophy of life that are distinct from our relatives across the causeway.”
Well, almost. The Malay people are difficult to reach with the gospel, be they in Malaysia or in Singapore. They could possibly be Singapore’s most unreached people group.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that there will be a significant spiritual breakthrough for the Malays so that they can have the freedom and salvation offered to them through Christ. Pray for boldness for those few Malay believers in Singapore as they dare to share Christ with others. Pray for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit in their midst.