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Wahgi, North in Papua New Guinea

Wahgi, North

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
59,000 Wahgi, North Christianity 96.00 % 22.00 % No No   

Wahgi, North in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The North Wahgi people live on the northeast edge of the expansive Wahgi Valley. Their valley is located in the mountainous region of central mainland Papua New Guinea (PNG). With a population of approximately fifty thousand, they are one of the largest people groups in PNG. The cool climate in the valley along with the altitude makes it an ideal place to grow coffee. Sweet potatoes, beans, bananas and corn are also grown. It is also an excellent location to grow leafy green vegetables due to the abundant rainfall. Goats are raised on the slopes along with chickens and some cattle. Much of the family income, however, comes from subsistence gardening.

Although Christianity is the major religion, most of the people still practice their traditional religion as well. These practices include black magic and sorcery. Also, vigilante killings are all but uncommon. Only twenty-five percent of the eligible secondary school students are actually enrolled. Both the language of instruction and the textbooks are in English. Literacy in the mother tongue is very low, and there are no active literacy programs.

There are paved roads between towns, but four-wheel drive vehicles are still needed to reach most destinations. Most of the transportation is still done by foot. At the present time, the greatest need is Bible translation. People are needed to organize and train pastors for translation while simultaneously setting up a literacy program to enable the people to be able to read the translation.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Chimbu province: Kerowagi district; Madang province: Usino-Bundi district, Usino LLG; Western Highlands province: Minj district; both sides of Sepik-Wahgi divide.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Wahgi, North
People Name General: Wahgi, North
Alternate People Names:
Banz-NonduglNorth Wahgi
ROP3 Code: 110620
Joshua Project People ID: 15819
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 59,000
Population all Countries: 59,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Wahgi, North
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Wahgi, North (59,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): whg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity96.00 %(Evangelical: 22.00 %)
Ethnic Religions4.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent25.00 %
Protestant25.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic50.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2006-2010
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Wahgi, North in Papua New Guinea

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