Kanowit in Malaysia

Photo Source:  Anonymous 
People Name: Kanowit
Country: Malaysia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 500
World Population: 500
Primary Language: Melanau, Kanowit-Tanjong
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


Kanowit is a town and the capital of a district of the same name. The town takes its name from the Kanowit, a Melanau ethnic group. The Kanowit language is still spoken, and there still are some Kanowit people living in the Kanowit area. However, the language may be doomed to extinction. The village where Kanowit people live is called Kampung Bedil, a short trip by boat up the Rajang River from Kanowit town. There have been talks of relocating the village to another site as severe erosion of the banks of the Rajang River will soon wash away the remaining houses there.

Ministry Obstacles

The Kanowit are a tiny tribe and are losing their language. It may be difficult to even find them.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings are available in the language of the Kanowit. Pray for those who will take these to the people.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be a handful of Christians in the tribe, but this is uncertain. Pray for divinely appointed encounters between the Kanowit and believers who will recognize the opportunity to share the gospel with them

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray this tribe will be able to provide stable housing to replace housing in danger of being washed away by the Rajang river.

Text Source:   Joshua Project