Official Country Name:Federation of Malaya
Government:Federal Constitutional Monarchy
Religious Demographics:Muslim ±62%, Christian ±9%, Evangelical ±4%
Number of Evangelicals
Divinely Set in the Midst of the Unreached
While it was still a relatively young nation, Islam was brought to Malaysia (or Malaya as it was known then) in the early 13th century by Arab traders. A few centuries later, the Portuguese settled there and introduced Roman Catholicism, followed by Dutch and British missionaries that brought Protestantism and began translating the Bible into Chinese. Source: history of Malaysian Church Though Malaysia has a rich history of many religions and traditions, Islam has been the predominant religion since the the 13th century. Muslims make up one of the largest populations of unreached in the world, as well as in Malaysia. Source: Operation World DVD 2010 This means that the 1,200,000 Malaysian evangelicals have ample opportunity to love UPGs without even having to leave their borders.
Ranking as the 8th most prosperous country in the Asia Pacific region, Malaysia boasts a booming economy that could be poised for supporting and sending missionaries and mobilizers. Though there are social and governmental hostilities that prevent or dampen mission and outreach efforts in Malaysia, the Lord knew in the early 13th century that the Muslim UPGs would need the truth of the gospel and divinely placed the Malaysian evangelical church to do just that.
We rank Malaysia's Mobilization Potential as Moderate. Source: Future of the Global Church