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Roviana in Solomon Islands


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
18,000 Roviana Christianity 99.00 % 33.00 %   

Roviana in Solomon Islands

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Introduction / History
The Roviana people — once well-known headhunters who raided neighboring islands — were the first to convert to Christianity when missionaries came to the region in 1902.

The church grew and spread from the roviana area as believers started new church fellowships in other regions. Today, the headquarters of one major church group in the Solomon Islands is located in Munda, among this Roviana community.

A majority of the Roviana speakers in the Solomon Islands' Western Province consider themselves Christian.

Major church groups here eagerly desire to complete their final translation steps for the already drafted Old Testament. The translation team will finish the remaining steps and are confident it will lay a good foundation for their New Testament, which has been sold out for many years. Completion of this project in three years will also provide a source translation to adapt for a number of other closely related languages in the region.

Roviana people love to sing; they have a large hymn book that contains 497 songs and choruses.

Fishing is the primary industry in this Roviana lagoon region on New Georgia Island and several smaller offshore islands in the Solomon Islands. Traditional villages here produce income from coconut plantations, gardening, and fishing. An increasing number of families have one or more women employed at the tuna cannery on the western end of the island. While some women work at primary and secondary schools, the hospital, and in government offices in the city of Munda, a few have jobs in the tourist industry at nearby resorts or as local transportation drivers. Some families also sell garden produce, craft items and carvings at area markets.

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Country: Solomon Islands
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Western province: north central New Georgia, Roviana and Vonavona lagoons.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Roviana
People Name General: Roviana
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 108424
Joshua Project People ID: 14583
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 18,000
Population all Countries: 18,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Solomons
People Name General: Roviana
Ethnic Code: AON09d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Roviana (18,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): rug    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity99.00 %(Evangelical: 33.00 %)
Ethnic Religions1.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
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]   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: 1916-1990
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 2017
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Roviana
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Roviana
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Roviana in Solomon Islands

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    Solomons     Australia and Pacific    
      Roviana Solomon Islands    
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