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Okinawan, Ryukyuan in Japan

Okinawan, Ryukyuan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
978,000 Okinawan, Central Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.15 % No No   

Okinawan, Ryukyuan in Japan

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The Ryukyuan are the indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. Traditionally, the people have a very tightly-knit family life and enjoy close personal friendships. They see themselves as bound together by their home island and, especially among older people, will always consider themselves from Ryukyuan first and Japan second. They are among the longest-lived people in the world. Native Uchina religion places strong emphasis upon the role of the women in the community, with women holding positions as shamans and guardians of the home. Most of the younger generation are not serious adherents of this religion anymore, but many older people try to teach about the old ways, including dances and the language.

Ministry Obstacles
The Ryukyuan people do not have a legacy of understanding the ways of God as revealed through Moses, the prophets, and Jesus Christ.

Outreach Ideas
Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring Ryukyuan families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.

Pray for the followers of Christ
A small number of the Ryukyuan people identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the people on the Ruykyuan islands to become aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that forgiveness has been provided through faith in the work of Christ on the cross. The Ryukuyan are known as a peaceful people and have always considered the arts and music as more honorable than combat skills. Pray these peaceful people will welcome the good news of Jesus as it comes to them in various forms.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-04-01
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Country: Japan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Central Okinawa; southern Okinawa island, Kerama Islands, Kume-jima, Tonaki, Aguna islands, islands east of Okinawa island.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Okinawan, Ryukyuan
People Name General: Okinawan, Ryukyuan
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101932
Joshua Project People ID: 11136
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 978,000
Population all Countries: 985,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Japanese
People Name General: Okinawan, Ryukyuan
Ethnic Code: MSY45b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Okinawan, Central
Language Code (ISO): ryu    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Japanese (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism28.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.15 %)
Ethnic Religions70.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian10.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1855-1858
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoReturn Home
Film / VideoReturn Home (EngSub)
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Okinawan, Ryukyuan in Japan

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