Day 18: The Indo-Malaysia Region
Series: 30 Days of Prayer for Muslims and Christians – 2016 Ramadan
Presented in American Sign Language, no voice interpretation.
The countries of Malaysia, Singapore, the southern Philippines, and Indonesia’s sprawling chain of more than 17,000 islands. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world with a population of 250 million, 87 percent of whom are Muslims.
For a long time before Christianity and Islam arrived in the area, the Indo-Malaysia people spent centuries engaged in animism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Today, the same ancient religions continue to blend with the region’s societies and cultures.
Indonesia experienced the first modern movement of Muslims to Christ in 1870, then in 1967-71 with the largest turning of Muslims to Christ in history, as over two million Muslims were baptized into Christian churches. Today, many Muslims in Indo-Malaysia are responding to a simple five-step approach to sharing the Christian faith.
Based on Jesus’ discourse with the Samaritan woman in John 4, the steps are as follows:
1) Get connected with a Muslim. Most Muslims in the region never hear the gospel because they don’t know any Christians.
2) Welcome a God conversation. In this region, Muslims love to talk about God. Ask your new Muslim friend, “What do you do in your religion to please God?” – it is a great starter for a conversation about spiritual things.
3) Explore the results of our efforts to please God – they often lead to questions about assurance of salvation. Many Muslims accept that we cannot know the will of God or have any confidence that He will save us.
4) Focus on the heart of the gospel message and the narrative of Jesus’ death for our eternal life.
5) Invite your friend to receive salvation through Jesus.
This simple approach to sharing the message of Jesus is easy for new believers to follow. As a result, Christianity is spreading throughout Indo-Malaysia. Thousands have accepted Christ as their Savior as a result and are now following Christ as His disciples.
– Pray that effective gospel methods such as satellite television, the Jesus movie, personal Christian witness, and simple evangelism tools will continue to spread the gospel across Indo-Malaysia.
– Pray that the believers will remain strong in the faith when the persecution that always accompanies the emerging movements in Indo-Malaysia comes.
– Pray for Indo-Malaysia’s more than 280 million lost Muslims in 282 different people groups, many of whom have yet to receive any Christian witness.