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Bebeli in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,900 Bebeli Christianity 88.00 % 15.00 % No No   

Bebeli in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Bebeli people live in three villages near Kimbe, the capital of West New Britain Province. Their villages are scattered between settlement communities where people speak many other languages. Because the Bebeli live near an urban area and interact with speakers of other languages so often, their language is in danger of dying out. Children can understand some Bebeli, but usually speak Tok Pisin, the trade language, instead.

Education is important in the Bebeli language area, though the lack of jobs can discourage some people from continuing education. Most adults in Morokea and Banaule can read in Tok Pisin. About half of the adults in Mosa can read in Tok Pisin
For over 40 years, there have been churches in the Bebeli area. Almost all people call themselves Christians, but church leaders reported that some are nominal Christians. Even though the Bebeli language is dying out, some people asked for Scriptures to be translated into Bebeli and said that even though they understand Tok Pisin, they understand things better in Bebeli.

What are their needs?
Missionaries are needed to help the Bebeli people translate the word of God into their language. With training, resources, and the support of local churches, the Bebeli people could work on translation themselves.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:West New Britain province: Stettin Bay, Cape Hoskins area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Bebeli
People Name General: Bebeli
ROP3 Code: 101183
Joshua Project People ID: 10752
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,900
Population all Countries: 2,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Bebeli
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Bebeli (2,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): bek    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity88.00 %(Evangelical: 15.00 %)
Ethnic Religions12.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Bebeli in Papua New Guinea

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      Bebeli Papua New Guinea    
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