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Siduan in Malaysia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,200 Melanau, Sibu Islam 3.00 % 1.00 % No No   

Siduan in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
The Siduan people speak a language called Situ Melanau. They are probably among the original inhabitants of Sarawak. By the 19th century, they were settled in scattered communities along the Rajang River in Sarawak. Not surprisingly, they were fishermen and boat builders.

Where are they located?
The Siduan people live in Malaysia's state of Sarawak, in northern Borneo.

What are their lives like?
Those who speak a Malanau dialect like the Siduan people are switching to Malay, the main language of Malaysia.

What are their beliefs?
A slight majority of the Siduan people are Muslim, though all of them cling to traditional animistic beliefs. In these beliefs, people attribute power to local spirits rather than to Allah.

What are their needs?
There are virtually no Christian materials in the language of the Siduan people, which means that only those who speak Malay can hear of Christ's redeeming power.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Siduan leaders will have dreams of Jesus where the Savior reveals Himself to them.
* Pray for the Siduan people to have a spiritual openness to Jesus during this time of great change.
* Pray for them to preserve their language and culture in their own churches.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Siduan people.
* 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: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sarawak, Sibu Division, Rejang river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Siduan
People Name General: Siduan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108989
Joshua Project People ID: 14939
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,200
Population all Countries: 1,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Siduan
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Melanau, Sibu (1,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sdx    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity3.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions37.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam60.00 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
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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Siduan in Malaysia

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People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Siduan Malaysia    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Siduan in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Melanau, Sibu  
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