Consisting of two regions separated by some 640 miles of the South China Sea, Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories. Malaysia boasts one of Southeast Asia's most vibrant economies—the fruit of decades of industrial growth and political stability. Its multi-ethnic, multi-religious society encompasses a majority Muslim population in most of its states and an economically-powerful Chinese community.
The Assemblies of God has a strong work in Malaysia. More than 50,000 people attend 620 AG churches each week. Still, less than .01 percent of the 1.2 million Banjarese living in northern Malaysia has been reached with the gospel.
Since Malay became the official national language, Christians have been confronted with a series of challenges. After forcing Malaysians to use Malay as a common language, the government now fears that such use in Christian literature and services will induce Malays to become Christian.