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Taulil-Butam in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,500 Taulil Christianity 95.00 % 17.00 % No No   

Taulil-Butam in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Near the end of a road on the busy Gazelle Peninsula of East New Britain lies the Taulil area. Taulil is a relatively small language group surrounded by larger neighbors, and outsiders have often presumed they would merge with the groups around them. The Taulil people have defied these expectations and continue to maintain their identity, using the Taulil language and passing it on to their children.

SIL is planning a program called the New Britain Initiative (NBI). This program will train Papua New Guineans to translate the Bible into their own language. The Taulil are among those SIL hopes will participate, and when presented with the possibility, community members expressed interest. The Taulil have worked energetically in the past alongside researchers to produce materials in their own language, a good indication they value Taulil and take pride in it.

A community leader stated, "We are unique, and we must have our own Bible." Though many Taulil people are bilingual and can read the Bible in other languages, these are not their heart language and do not communicate as clearly as a Bible in Taulil would.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Taulil will continue to take initiative and that, whether through the NBI or some other means, they would be able to read God's Word in Taulil.
* Pray that SIL leadership would have wisdom in planning the NBI.
* Pray that the Taulil would grow in their understanding of God.
* Pray that God's Word would come to the Taulil people in a language they clearly understand.
* Pray that the denominations in the area would be able to work together.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East New Britain province: Gazelle peninsula, Kadaulung, Taulil1, and Taulil2.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Taulil-Butam
People Name General: Taulil-Butam
ROP3 Code: 109881
Joshua Project People ID: 15289
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,500
Population all Countries: 2,500
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Taulil-Butam
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Taulil (2,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tuh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 17.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
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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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Taulil-Butam in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Taulil-Butam Papua New Guinea    
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