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Penan-Nibong in Malaysia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,200 Penan, Western Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Penan-Nibong in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
Nibong 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?
The Punan-Nibong tribe 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. 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 Malaysia.

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: Malaysia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:46 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Sarawak, Kapit Division, upper Baram and Balui rivers, Mount Dulit area, 3 villages; Nibong branch of Lobong river, a tributary of Tinjar river.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Penan-Nibong
People Name General: Penan-Nibong
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108180
Joshua Project People ID: 14482
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,200
Population all Countries: 4,200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Penan-Nibong
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Penan, Western (4,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pne    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: 1958-1967
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterBible: New Testament
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Penan-Nibong in Malaysia

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People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Penan-Nibong Malaysia    
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            Penan-Nibong in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Penan, Western  
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