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Malalamai in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Mala Christianity 95.00 % 24.00 % No No   

Malalamai in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Garingei and Garpunei people live in the villages of Malalamai, Bonga and Yara on the east coast of Madang Province. The villages lie along beautiful white beaches scattered with shells, and it takes only about 45 minutes to walk between the villages with the warm sea lapping at your feet.

What are their lives like?
The people all speak Malalamai which is an Austronesian language indicating that their ancestors settled on this coast having originally come from Southeast Asia. With outsiders in other language communities, they speak Tok Pisin, a trade language that shares a lot of vocabulary with English. Children also learn to read, write and speak English at the Primary School just outside Bonga.

The people grow food in gardens in the hills inland and also eat plenty of seafood. Typical businesses include collecting seashells to make lime and producing copra and betelnut for sale to trading boats that ply the coast. Some people also travel to Madang town by boat for business.

What are their beliefs?
Most people are Christians although people still fear the traditional magic and sorcery that continues to be practiced in the area. Pastors use the Tok Pisin Bible because there are no scriptures in the Malalamai language. This means that people do not have the opportunity to read the Bible themselves in their own language.

What are their needs?
A workshop is currently being planned to help the community develop an alphabet in their language. At this time, no further work is planned for the Malalamai language.

Prayer Points
* For a hunger to know Jesus more
* That pastors would have wisdom to correctly interpret and teach the Bible to the community
* That the fear of sorcery will be broken
* For workers to help them so that the people can know Jesus from a Bible in their own language
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madang province: Bonga, Malalamai, and Yara villages; Rai coast east of Saidor.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Malalamai
People Name General: Malalamai
ROP3 Code: 106129
Joshua Project People ID: 13433
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 1,100
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Malalamai
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mala (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mmt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 24.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% 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]
None Reported
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Malalamai in Papua New Guinea

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      Malalamai Papua New Guinea    
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