Population: 30 million (2014)
Capital: Kuala Lumpur
Official language: Malay
Major religion: Islam
IFES movement: Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES) Malaysia
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society richly blessed with natural resources and protected from natural disasters. Comprising East (Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo) and West Malaysia, only 9% of the total population are Christians of whom 63% speak the national language. Malaysian Christians are increasingly aware of the issues affecting the nation (corruption, racism, poverty, crime, education, freedom of religion) and are becoming more united in prayer and more involved in society, in politics and in nation-building.
- 800 higher education institutions, 80 IFES groups (in 3 languages)
- 28 full time staff, 30 - 40 volunteers
- graduates ministry (Graduates Christian Fellowship); high school ministry (Scripture Union)
- largest student group has between 100 and 120 students, smallest 5 students
In these next few years, FES Malaysia is calling for students to be raised as ‘watchmen in the world - Alert, Attentive, Authentic Agents - in the midst of community’. Toward this end, they will need to engage with God’s Word, to rediscover who God is and to encounter him first hand, to live under Christ as Lord, to build authentic community, to reclaim their missionary identity on campus, to be agents of reconciliation and transformation in the nation and to recapture God’s mission for the world.
View from the inside
Kim Cheng Loh is the former General Secretary of FES Malaysia. She says, ‘I was blessed and called into full-time ministry among students while I was a student at the University of Malaya. I love to see hungry hearts, eyes that sparkle at serendipitous moments and seeing God at work in the midst of students!’
She adds, ‘Mark 4:30-32, which speaks of the kingdom of God as a mustard seed, helps express how I long for my life to be. I am inspired by Jesus and the extent of his love for us; I too will look to encourage those who feel they are small.’
- for students to have a passionate love for Christ and his word, serving him freely by building bridges of racial reconciliation and transformation in Malaysian society;
- for a wise response to the concerted effort to convert students in Sabah and Sarawak to Islam.