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Brunei Malay in Canada

Brunei Malay

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,000 Brunei Islam 0.70 % 0.20 % No No   

Brunei Malay in Canada

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Introduction / History
Brunei Malay is the name used to refer to several very closely related and assimilated groups of indigenous people. The Brunei Malay come from Brunei, which was once a small sultanate on the large Southeast Asian island of Borneo. Brunei is extremely wealthy.

Although they are ethnically related to the Malay and also share the same Islamic religion, there are many cultural and linguistic differences that make the Brunei Malay distinct from the larger Malay populations in nearby Malaysia and Singapore. They write in Bahasa Malaysia but they speak in Brunei Malay, which is uniquely different in sound from spoken Malay.
There are not many Brunei Malay in Canada. Most of what we hear about "Malays" in Canada is about Malays from Malaysia.

Where are they located?
Ontario is the main place in Canada where both Malay and Brunei Malay people have settled.

What are their lives like?
The Brunei Malay love to get together with others to enjoy badminton, golf, and the foods they enjoy from their original homeland. Ambuyat is specifically a Brunei Malay dish. Picnics are the social events that bring the community together. There is at least one Malaysian restaurant in Toronto. The food is halal, meaning it conforms to Muslim standards. There is a Canada Malay Association, which sponsors fund raisers to help suffering Muslim people around the world.

What are their beliefs?
harder to reach for Christ than the Malay people from Malaysia. They believe that to be a true Brunei Malay, you must be Muslim.

What are their needs?
The Brunei Malay need to hear about the finished work of Christ in a way that won't be misjudged because of cultural misunderstanding. The Brunei Malay have the chance to hear the gospel from believers in Canada, a nation with religious freedom.

Prayer Points
* There are many strong believers in Canada who can share Christ with the Muslim Brunei Malay people, but it will take perseverance and love. Pray for the Lord to raise up such people.
* Pray that if the Brunei Malay people in Canada reject the gospel, it will be because of Christ, not because the gospel is presented in a culturally inappropriate way.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to begin among the Brunei Malay in Canada that will spread to Brunei.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2018-05-12
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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Brunei Malay
People Name General: Brunei Malay, Kedayan
Alternate People Names:
KadazanKadazan Dusun
KedeyanOrang Bukit
ROP3 Code: 101679
Joshua Project People ID: 10973
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,000
Population all Countries: 556,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Malay
People Name General: Brunei Malay, Kedayan
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Brunei (5,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kxd    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Brunei Malay
Dialect Code:8382
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.70 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.30 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Brunei Malay in Canada

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Malay     America, North and Caribbean    
      Brunei Malay, Kedayan Canada    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Brunei Malay in Canada          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Brunei  
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