Praying for Indonesia and the Aru Malay Community | Wycliffe Bible Translators

Praying for Indonesia and the Aru Malay Community

A look at this region and how to pray for its people.

  • August 1, 2020
smiling Indonesian girl

Indonesia is an archipelago located in Southeast Asia between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The country is known for its tropical climate and coastal lowlands, but also features mountainous terrain and urbanized cities. Indonesia currently has the fourth-largest population in the world, with more than 267 million people speaking over 700 languages.

Aru Malay is spoken by approximately 16 people groups who live in the remote Aru Islands of Indonesia. It’s the first language of tens of thousands of people and is growing in popularity as a regional trade language.

Some portions of God’s Word are already available in Aru Malay, and the Gospel of John is almost ready for publication. Local church leaders have also identified additional Scripture passages that they believe are urgently needed. As a result, Ephesians and Philippians are in the process of being translated along with portions of Psalms. The translation team is working on Scripture-based songs, a picture book about the four Gospels and other resources as well.

Even though about two-thirds of Aru Malay speakers identify as Christian, traditional beliefs are prevalent and some people live in fear of ancestral spirits. However, church leaders recognize that Scripture in Aru Malay is powerful and transformative, and they’re working hard to connect local people to God’s Word.

  • Pray that Aru Malay speakers will experience the transforming power of God’s love in their lives and communities.
  • Ask God for the translation projects to continue on schedule so that Aru Malay speakers will be able to engage with Old and New Testament portions by the end of the year.
  • Pray that local Christians will have the courage to share Scripture with others and that God’s Word would spread throughout the Aru Islands.



Aru Malay Bible translation project

Make a Prayer Connection: Pray for God's provision to complete the Aru Malay Bible translation project. We’re partnering with Aru Malay speakers to produce more of God’s Word in their language!