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Penan in Brunei


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
60 Penan, Eastern Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Penan in Brunei

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Introduction / History
This is the name of a language associated with one of the Punan peoples. There are at least 20 different Punan subgroups, one of which is Punan-Nibong.

Where are they located?
Most Punan-Nibong people lives in Sarawak, Malaysia's northern portion of the island of Borneo. Other Punan peoples live in Brunei, Indonesia or other parts of Malaysia.

What are their lives like?
This is a hunting-gathering culture. They rely on what they find in the tropical forests for their survival. As outsiders enter their homeland with advanced tools, the Punan peoples stand little chance of finding enough food to meet their needs, so they will probably begin the process of dying out in the decades to come. They live in longhouses.

What are their beliefs?
The primary religion practiced by Punan groups is ethnic religion. Ethnic religion is deeply rooted in a people's ethnic identity and conversion essentially equates to cultural assimilation. This is a barrier to the gospel; anyone who shares the gospel with them is suspected of undermining their cultural ways.

What are their needs?
The Punan-Nibong people need believers who will go as Christ's ambassadors, and teach them marketable skills that they can use in Brunei.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Punan-Nibong people will have dreams and visions of the Risen Christ that will lead them on a spiritual quest to find the Savior.
* Pray for spiritual openness and opportunities to hear the gospel.
* Pray for a Punan-Nibong church that is defined by love and obedience to Christ.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Country: Brunei
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:37 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:West of the Baram River.
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Penan
People Name General: Penan
Alternate People Names:
Penan, Eastern
ROP3 Code: 107968
Joshua Project People ID: 14357
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 60 (Reported)
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Penan
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Penan, Eastern (60 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pez    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions60.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam40.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Penan in Brunei

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Penan Brunei    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Penan in Brunei          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Penan, Eastern  
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