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Opao in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,100 Opao Christianity 95.00 % 26.00 % No No   

Opao in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Opao people live along river banks in Gulf Province, about a two hour ride in a motorized canoe from Kerema, the provincial capital. The area is swampy. Sago grows well in the area and is a major source of food for the Opao people. They also plant gardens and fish in the rivers. They grow betel nut which they sell in Kerema and Port Moresby.

The Opao people travel by walking or by canoe. There are many canoes made from hollowed out trees; most canoes are paddled by hand but some have outboard motors. Walking between villages can involve traversing stretches of muddy swamp. Some children regularly walk for two hours through a swamp to get to school.

Christianity first arrived in the Opao area in the 1930s when the United Church began work in the area. More denominations have begun work in the area since then and most people would claim to be Christians. However, traditional religion and magic are still strong in the area and many people do not attend church.

The Opao language is the people's heart language yet they do not have God's word in it.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Gulf province: Orokolo and Keuru area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Opao
People Name General: Opao
ROP3 Code: 107665
Joshua Project People ID: 14205
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,100
Population all Countries: 4,100
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Opao
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Opao (4,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): opo    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: 26.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Opao in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Opao Papua New Guinea    
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            Opao in Papua New Guinea          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Opao  
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