Last year one of WEC’s ArtsRelease teams opened a creative arts studio at a church premises in Leeds. New members joined and the artists took turns to lead each weekly session based on a passage of scripture. They held an exhibition on 2nd May, attended by local dignitaries while WEC’s Resonance Band played music. Since lockdown, the ‘studio’ has continued online, sharing their creations in various mediums. This has given birth to a similar group connecting across Southeast Asia and another in Suffolk. Pray for these artists to be inspired and encouraged, to share their faith effectively through their work.
Though the Malay have roots in Hinduism, Islam was brought to Malaysia by traders many centuries ago and the Malay people have come to follow Islam ardently. Total population estimated as 17,309,400 in 24 countries. The Malay place great emphasis on family, yet one of the greatest challenges for Malay society is the breakdown of the family unit. Pray that the handful of Malay Christians will have an impact for good within their families. Pray, too, that families will come to faith and find restoration in Christ. More details here: Malay on Joshua Project
The majority of the Palembang people of around 3.4 million are located in Indonesia, but some also live in Singapore. Most of them are practising Muslims, with high regard for their people's traditions, too. Pray that they will access gospel recordings and radio, and that the Lord will win some Palembangese and use them to reach their own people. Pray that a local church will welcome them. Ask the Lord also that more Christians will go to work among the Palembangese, and that he will continue to bless and protect those who are.
Population: 5,607,300 (2016)
Official languages: English, Malay, Mandarin Chinese, Tamil
GDP (PPP) per capita: $90,724 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 82 years
Religions: 43% Buddhist, 14% Muslim, 15% Atheist or Agnostic, 11% Protestant, 8% Chinese (Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism), 4% Catholic, 4% Hindu, 1% other religions