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Punan Aput in Indonesia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
700 Punan Aput Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.50 % No No   

Punan Aput in Indonesia

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The Aput are one of the Punan peoples of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the huge island of Borneo. There are about 20 Punan tribes, and they are not always related by culture or language. Though they were never nomads, the Aput Punan made their living through growing crops, fishing and hunting wild boars. Since the 1980s many of their youths have migrated to urban centers in Indonesia and Malaysia in search of a better life.

Ministry Obstacles
The Aput Punan people have their own culture and religion, and it is being threatened by the outside world. Those within their community are likely to see anyone who embraced another "religion" as a traitor, which is why we need to take Christ to them, not religion.

Outreach Ideas
Gospel Recording Network (GRN) has produced short gospel messages in their language. These can be distributed to the Aput people by those willing to search for them. The Aputs who have moved to urban areas are looking for new answers. Believers can reach out to them.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for the Aput believers to have the willingness to put their faith in the God of the universe instead of traditional gods like Natala. Pray that God will honor their faith, answer their prayers, and use these believers to spread faith to others.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Aput Punan people to have the chance to hear and respond to the God of heaven. Pray for many to come together to be discipled in His ways. Pray for a disciple-making movement to spread throughout the Punan communities.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Kalimantan Utara Province, Malinau regency; south of Kayan river, northwest of Mount Menyapa.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Country Map:Political map
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Punan Aput
People Name General: Punan Aput
ROP3 Code: 108173
Joshua Project People ID: 14475
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 700
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Punan Aput
Ethnic Code: MSY44e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punan Aput (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pud    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions98.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Punan Aput in Indonesia

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      Punan Aput Indonesia    
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