The Cocos Malays are the majority population of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a territory of Australia. The Malay were the first permanent inhabitants of the island, along with Alexander Hare. They were brought as slaves and members of his harem. When a previous claimant, John Clunies-Ross, arrived a year later in 1827, he took the island back, employing the existing population in the harvest of coconuts. Because of the unbroken European rule of the islands, the culture has been mostly Western. The majority of the group is Muslim.
The majority religion in this small island territory is Islam. There may be resistance to attempts to share the gospel.
Aside from coconut harvesting and a bit of tourism the Cocos Islands have little sustainability. Perhaps the believers there could create a micro-business that would benefit their Muslim neighbors as they simultaneously share Christ with them.
The Christians living on the islands are in the minority and may feel very isolated. Pray they will meet together in joyful unity. Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among families and communities. Pray the Cocos Islanders will continue to feel empowered in making decisions that affect them. Pray they will not be exploited by interests external to the island.
Scripture Prayers for the Malay, Cocos Islands in Australia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Malay profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Malay, Cocos Islands|
|People Name in Country||Malay, Cocos Islands|
|Natural Name||Cocos Islands Malay|
|Population this Country||1,300|
|Population all Countries||8,200|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Cocos Islander; Kukus|
|Region||Australia and Pacific|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory; Christmas Island Territory. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Malay, Cocos Islands (1,300 speakers)|
|Language Code||coa Ethnologue Listing|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|