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Brunei Malay, Kedayan in United States

Brunei Malay, Kedayan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Brunei Islam 1.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Brunei Malay, Kedayan in United States

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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 in Brunei. The largest are the Malay and the Kedayan. Several smaller groups, including the Low Malay Creole, Kiput, Kayan, and Southern Bisaya are also a part of the Brunei Malay population. 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. In addition, the Brunei Malay people are usually very wealthy, especially when compared with other people groups in Southeast Asia.

Where are they located?
There is very little known about this small group of Muslims from Southeast Asia. Most likely they can be found on college campuses.

What are their lives like?
There are fewer than 1,000 Brunei Malay people in the US. They are not that likely to move to other parts of the world given their strong economy and good job market at home. Most of the Brunei Malay people in the US are probably businessmen or students.

What are their beliefs?
All Brunei Malay are classified as Muslims at birth; they are exclusively Sunnis Muslims. The Brunei Malay people adhere to traditional Islamic practices and beliefs. It is estimated that Brunei has more mosques per square kilometer than any other country in the world.

Many of the Brunei Malay groups characterize their entire people group as being Muslim. This classification, however, is more of a cultural distinction than a characterization of individual beliefs. Individual beliefs will often be influenced by tribal religions of their ancestors.

What are their needs?
The Brunei Malay people need to have the chance to hear the word of God and respond to it. They can do this in the US, though restrictions in Brunei make it unlikely.

Prayer Points
* There are many strong believers in the US 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 US 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 the US 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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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Brunei Malay, Kedayan
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: 700
Population all Countries: 563,000
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 (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kxd    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
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, Kedayan in United States

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People Cluster
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      Brunei Malay, Kedayan United States    
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      Islam     Brunei  
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