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Punan Tubu in Indonesia

Punan Tubu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,700 Punan Tubu Ethnic Religions 4.00 % 1.50 % No No   

Punan Tubu in Indonesia

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The Tubu 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. The Tubu 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 Tubu 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 Tubu people by those willing to search for them. There are also some Tubu Punan people who have embraced Christ who can take Christ to their neighbors, friends and family members.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray for Tubu Punan 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 in Him to others.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for the Tubu 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 Timur Province; Malinau, Mentarang, and Sembakung river areas.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Punan Tubu
People Name General: Punan Tubu
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ROP3 Code: 108179
Joshua Project People ID: 14481
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,700
Population all Countries: 3,700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Punan Tubu
Ethnic Code: MSY44e
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punan Tubu (3,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): puj    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 1.50 %)
Ethnic Religions96.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent15.00 %
Protestant75.00 %
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
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% 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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Punan Tubu in Indonesia

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      Punan Tubu Indonesia    
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