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Simbali in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
600 Simbali Christianity 90.00 % 17.00 % No No   

Simbali in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Simbali speakers constitute a sub-group of the Baining people, who are the original inhabitants of the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain Province. There are six villages where Simbali is the primary language spoken. These are located over a broad area in the southern part of the peninsula.

Though not a large group, the community has formed a local organisation to assert their interests on several development fronts. Alongside material interests such as logging and oil palm farming, the community would like to take initiative in developing their language, which forms a strong part of their identity.

What are their needs?
SIL seeks to come alongside the Simbali community through a programme called the New Britain Initiative (NBI). If developed, this programme would focus on training Papua New Guineans in translation practices and then mentor teams of national translators as they work on the New Testament. The Simbali people want to be able to read God's word in their own tongue and are enthusiastic about the prospect of being involved in this programme.

Prayer Points
* For pastors of churches in the Simbali area to understand and teach the word of God well.
* For SIL leadership to have wisdom in planning the NBI.
* For the Simbali people to grow in their understanding of God.
* For God to make a way, through the NBI or another method, to provide his word in the Simbali 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:East New Britain province: Gazelle peninsula, Avungi and Kavudemki villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Simbali
People Name General: Simbali
ROP3 Code: 109014
Joshua Project People ID: 14180
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 600
Population all Countries: 600
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Simbali
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Simbali (600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): smg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 17.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic25.00 %
(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]
None Reported
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Simbali in Papua New Guinea

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