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Berawan, Central in Malaysia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,700 Berawan, Central Islam 5.00 % 0.50 % No No   

Berawan, Central in Malaysia

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Introduction / History
There are at least three Berawan peoples. The Central Berawans have their own language.

Where are they located?
The Central Berawan people live on Borneo, a large island that includes parts of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei.

What are their lives like?
The people who speak the Central Berawan language live a very simple life. They are a tribal people who farm, hunt, and fish for a living.

What are their beliefs?
In certain ways, the Central Berawans understand important spiritual matters. They have elaborate burial rituals that indicate that they understand that the soul leaves the body. There have been Christian missionaries in Borneo off and on for about 200 years.
Unfortunately, they only have Bible portions and one gospel recording in their language. They continue to hold to their traditional religion.

What are their needs?
This people group would greatly benefit from having the JESUS Film in their language so they could understand much of the life of Jesus.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the JESUS Film to be dubbed into the language of the Central Berawan people.
* Pray for leaders of the Central Berawan people to open their hearts to the ways of Jesus Christ when missionaries come their way.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among this unreached people group.
* 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.


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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:North Sarawak, Marudi district, Batu Belah (Tutoh river) and Long Teru (Tinjar river) villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Berawan, Central
People Name General: Berawan, Central
ROP3 Code: 115049
Joshua Project People ID: 19812
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,700
Population all Countries: 1,700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
People Name General: Berawan, Central
Ethnic Code: MSY44z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Berawan, Central (1,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): zbc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity5.00 %(Evangelical: 0.50 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam85.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian20.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(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 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Berawan, Central in Malaysia

Global                 Global
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People Cluster
    Borneo-Kalimantan     Asia, Southeast    
      Berawan, Central Malaysia    
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            Berawan, Central in Malaysia          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Berawan, Central  
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