Day 2

Posted On July 23, 2007

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According to historical sources, early Christian presence may be traced to Persian and Turkish traders with Nestorian Christian origins as early as the 7th century. The conquest of Melaka by the Portuguese in 1511 marked the introduction of Roman Catholicism. In the 17th century, the arrival of the Dutch in the region ousted the Portuguese and thus discouraged Catholicism and promoted Dutch Reformed Protestantism (Roxborogh 1992, pp7-8).
St. Peter’s Church, the oldest functioning Catholic Church in Malaysia, was built in 1710 after the Dutch restored freedom of religion to the Catholics. Christ Church in Melaka, built in 1753 by the Dutch, is said to be the oldest \ Protestant church in Malaysia. It was handed over to the Anglicans in 1838, 43 years after the British took over Melaka.
Most of the Protestant denominations in those days were associated with Chinese and Indian migrant communities and with the indigenous groups in Sabah and Sarawak.
In Sabah, the Basel Mission began its work among migrant Hakka Chinese in 1882, many of whom were Christians. Presbyterianism grew through Chinese churches in Johor and expatriate congregations in Penang, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. The Boxer Uprising in China led to an influx of Chinese Methodist migrants to Sitiawan and Sibu.
Tamil migrants to Peninsula included the Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and Methodists. The Orthodox Syrian Church came to Malaya in 1932, made up of Indian migrants. Missions to Sengoi indigenous people also began in 1932.
Christianity in Malaysia says that the first Malay language New Testament was published in 1662, and the first Chinese translation of the Bible was produced in 1823.


1. Praise God for
a. The first missionaries of all denominations for their faithfulness and commitment to the Great Commission.
b. The first group of Christian leaders who took on the baton and obeyed God’s call to plant churches especially in the rural areas, to pioneer outreaches, missions and social ministries.
c. The present leadership for their zeal and vision to expand God’s kingdom.
2. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, to rest upon our Christian leaders.
3. All Christians from all denominations will stand in one voice and boldness to speak against injustice and unrighteousness.


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