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Kayaman in Malaysia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Kajaman Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 0.50 % No No   

Kayaman in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
Kejaman is a language spoken by about 1,000 people. They are sometimes called Kejaman and other times called Kayaman.

Where are they located?
The people who speak this language live in northern Borneo in Malaysia's Belaga District.

What are their lives like?
The Kejaman people live in long houses. They made themselves known in 2016 by setting Malaysia's record for the highest number of people to participate in a Suwey Dance. That same year they produced a picture dictionary to preserve their dying language. As the logging industry encroaches on their forested homeland, many Kejaman people are leaving their traditional way of life. Many are marrying out of the Kejaman tribe and joining other people groups.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by the Kejaman people is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. These people are losing their language and culture. They are almost certain to feel hostility to those who try to change their religion as well.

What are their needs?
The Kejaman people need believers to help them adjust to the modern world as their old ways die out.

Prayer Points
* Pray that Kejaman leaders will have dreams of Jesus where the Savior reveals Himself to them.
* Pray for the Kejaman 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 Kejaman 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:Central Sarawak, Kapit Division, near Belaga on Balui river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kayaman
People Name General: Kayaman
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 104776
Joshua Project People ID: 12588
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 1,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Kayaman
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kajaman (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kag    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions96.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian10.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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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Kayaman in Malaysia

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People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Kayaman Malaysia    
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            Kayaman in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Kajaman  
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