A forgotten people

By Nevin Nitschke

The Indigenous, Orang Asli, people of Malaysia know what it is like to be a forgotten people. In a town in the Malaysian countryside, Rev. Kuang gathers the 60 people of his congregation for worship. During sharing and testimony, Brother Lee addresses the congregation, he looks around and begins with the words “Tonight we give […]

The Indigenous, Orang Asli, people of Malaysia know what it is like to be a forgotten people.

In a town in the Malaysian countryside, Rev. Kuang gathers the 60 people of his congregation for worship. During sharing and testimony, Brother Lee addresses the congregation, he looks around and begins with the words “Tonight we give thanks to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who has allowed us to gather together.”

60 years earlier, Brother Lee attended an evening class run by visiting teachers who were there to share the Gospel. Mystified by the presence of visitors to their village, Brother Lee and others in the village were attracted to the class out of curiosity. As Orang Asli, no one had previous shown any interest in them.

Brother Lee was comforted on this night, 60 years ago. Brothers and sisters from far away countries witness that God never abandons even the Orang Asli.

Later, pastor Hans from Germany visited and because they were with a pastor, the small group of believers could venture out between 6 and 9 in the evenings, 3 nights a week. The group would put benches in an old van and would encourage people wherever they stopped to sit on the benches in the van and listen to the good news of Jesus. It was in these years that pastor Han gave the small church guidance to grow and be leaders. As brother Lee says looking back “Thanks to God for these gatherings!”

Sixty years on, many of the young believers have moved to the larger cities. Sixty people still form the heart of this church and brother Lee reminds his family of believers that “we must pass the gospel onto our children and persevere in bringing people to know Jesus”

The Orang Asli are a humble people and a people who know hardships. The church runs youth camps and has many of the children from the community attend, but more work needs to happen.

Brother Lee asks that you pray for him and his church. He especially requests your prayers for:

  • Hearts that are submissive to God so that they can carry out all that God has entrusted to them
  • Other shepherds for their town where Rev. Kuang Kar Loong is the only pastor
  • Building extensions, even though the government is not in favour of this
  • That more pastors in the Lutheran Church of Malaysia would come out of their comfort zones and pastor in smaller rural villages
  • More pastors are willing to serve in this region.

Brother Lee faces many similar challenges that our churches face as well as many of his own unique challenges as an Indigenous people in a country with a Muslim majority.


Many of our partner churches are working in new territory for the kingdom of God; therefore, spiritual attack is their everyday reality. As a member of a congregation, school, or family, or a couple or individual, you are invited to commit to praying for our partners in mission. For regular prayer point updates, go to www.lca.org.au/international-mission/act-now/pray

Read more stories about our partner churches in Malaysia at http://www.lcamission.org.au/category/stories/international-partners/malaysia-peninsula/

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