Introduction / History The Bayono people are a very remote, isolated and jungle tribe who just had first meaningful contact with outsiders in the mid-2000s. They have had no ability to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ due to spiritual, cultural, and language barriers up until the mid-2000s, when 2 missionary families began living among them and learning their language. As of 2018 one local Papuan missionary family remains and has become fluent in the Bayono language. He and his family are faithfully sharing the gospel with the Bayono people in the Bayono language.
Where are they located? They are located in the heart of Papua Indonesia, south of the main Jayawijaya mountain range, in the swampy lowland rainforest. The climate is hot and humid year-round. Their location is very remote -- miles from regular transportation routes.
What are their lives like? Bayono people are semi-nomadic, living in tree houses 2-15m high and rotating to different areas of the rainforest for hunting (wild boar, cassowary, monitor lizard) and gathering (sago palm, edible ferns, fruit). There is frequent family and social unrest due to revenge killings, kidnappings, fear of spirit taboos, and fear of sickness potentially caused by black magic.
What are their beliefs? Bayono people are animists. Their lives are dominated by fearful attempts to appease local spirits to gain their favor and avoid sicknesses or curses. They also fear the use of black magic by their fellow community members. Periodically, they meet for broad community spirit worship festivals.
Prayer Points * Pray for supernatural victory in the hearts and territories of the Bayono people.
* Pray for local Papuan missionaries' health, safety, and strength to faithfully share the gospel amidst enormous trials and challenges.
* Pray for the missionary family who is learning the Bayono language for the purpose of translating the Bible into Bayono.
* Pray for 8 newly-baptized believers as of May 2018, that they would grow in their faith and reach those around them. These are the first Bayono Christian believers in history. * 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.
References T. F., missionary who lived among the Bayono people 2008-2012 and continues support and linguistic development among them.