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Sauk in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Ma Manda Christianity 85.00 % 25.00 % No No   

Sauk in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Ma Manda (sometimes called Saut Manda) people live on the southern slopes of the Saruwaged mountain range at the headwaters of the Erap river in Morobe Province. The six Ma Manda villages are situated on level areas of steep mountains and separated from each other by deep valleys.

What are their lives like?
The people live off the produce from their gardens: taro, sweet potato, greens, bananas and other kinds of fruit. The people also plant betelnut, tobacco and coffee for cash crops.

The villages are between 1000 and 1600 meters above sea level so the nights can be quite cool and people sleep next to fire pits that are in the center of every room. Houses are built on posts one to one and a half meters off the ground. The walls are constructed with either woven bamboo or handmade planks and the roofs are thatched with broad bamboo leaves or grass.

What are their beliefs?
The Lutheran church entered the area in the 1950s and since then has established a congregation in every village. When the church came in the people left behind their old ways of fighting. The Lutheran mission set up schools that taught Kâte, a language from the eastern coast, to the children until the 1960s. The Bible and liturgy books are available in Kâte and are still used in the church along with Tok Pisin, the language of wider communication. The younger generation doesn't understand Kâte, the older generation has low proficiency in Tok Pisin and there are no scriptures or liturgy available in Ma Manda, so all three languages are used during church services.

What are their needs?
The Ma Manda people are dissatisfied with their situation but they don't have Scripture in their own language so they don't gain an understanding of God's promises for everyday life.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Morobe province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Sauk
People Name General: Sauk
ROP3 Code: 108749
Joshua Project People ID: 14785
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 1,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Sauk
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Ma Manda (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): skc    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Sauk
Dialect Code:16373
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 25.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(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
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Sauk in Papua New Guinea

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