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Malaysia: Samrita

Cell phone photo of Samrita and her children

Samrita grew up in a family from a Malaysian tribal group. She was one of 13 children in the family. Her father treated his family harshly.

Samrita married a Muslim man named Uda, hoping marriage would be an escape from her harsh home life. But Uda began using bad drugs, and he also treated Samrita roughly.

Then Samrita’s father found peace and a new life in Christ! Samrita was happy to see how much he changed after Jesus came into his life.

After learning more about Jesus from Christians, Samrita also put her trust in him as her Savior. She kept her new faith secret from her husband.

But one day, Uda discovered her Bible. He kicked her out of the house. She was forced to leave without her two children, 10-year-old Lili and 5-year-old Faiz.

Uda divorced Samrita. He allows her to see their children sometimes, but has warned her not to share her faith with them. Samrita prays every day that she we will be able to live with her children again someday. However, she says, “I’m willing to suffer for Christ.”

Note: Samrita could be sentenced to a Muslim “rehabilitation center” to convince her to leave Christianity.

Pray: What are some of the things you could ask God on behalf of Lili and Faiz? In what ways could you pray for Samrita? Uda?

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

How to Make a Malaysian Spinning Top

Top spinning is popular in Malaysia, a country where The Voice of the Martyrs works. The video is from the website of SDOK, a member of VOM’s family of missions in the Netherlands. It shows how to make a paper top. Can you follow the instructions just by watching the video even if you don’t understand Dutch?

Malaysian/Indonesian Recipe: Chicken Satay



Chicken satay is a favorite food in Malaysia and Indonesia. Slice 2 pounds of chicken into strips 1 inch wide and about 4 inches long. Mix 2 tablespoons curry powder, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 4 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon honey.

Coat the chicken strips with the mixture, and let them set in it for at least 30 minutes. Thread the strips onto skewers, 2 to 4 pieces per skewer. Bake the skewered meat in a casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. (They can be grilled if desired.)

If you want sauce for dipping the cooked meat, combine 1 cup of creamy peanut butter, one 14-ounce can of coconut milk, 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup of soy sauce, ¼ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and ¼ teaspoon of chili sauce. Mix until smooth.

Malay Food and a Recipe

Many Malaysians eat rice every day. They often use meat more as a flavoring than as a main dish. They put meat in soups and stews and cut it into pieces before it is served.

Malay kids in some areas play a game using rice cakes. They stretch a long rope across a yard and hang 8 to 10 rice cakes from the rope on long strings or ribbons. The rice cakes are hung from the rope two or more feet apart from each other, and one child stands in front of each rice cake. When a leader gives a signal, the race starts to see who can eat their rice cake first without touching it with their hands.

Banana fritters are a popular treat in Malaysia. To make them, combine 1½ cups of flour, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. In a separate container, mix 2 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients. If the batter is too thick, add water a little at a time until it is the thickness of pancake batter.

Heat enough oil for deep frying until hot. Slice 4 to 6 bananas lengthwise, and dip them into the batter to cover them completely. Deep fry the bananas until golden brown. Serve warm.

Internet Connections


For many years, most Malaysians have believed “to be Malay is to be Muslim.” The government has encouraged all Malays to think the same way. But today, little by little, it is becoming more acceptable to be “different” in habits and customs.

The Internet is one reason for the change. Malaysians make connections with new people and different ideas on their computers. (Do you think any Malaysians might be reading this site? Visit our map to see!) Pray that Malaysians will connect with people who share the truth of Jesus.

Source: Malay World Prayer Fellowship