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Dela-Oenale in Indonesia

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
9,000 Dela-Oenale Christianity 55.00 % 4.00 % No No   

Dela-Oenale in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Dela people live in Indonesia, an island nation in Asia that has been troubled by political and religious unrest for the last several years. The Dela are one of several language groups that live together on the small island of Rote in well-defined areas established by historic kings. The Dela live at the western extremity of the complex dialect chain, which extends down the island.

One of the Dela people’s basic foods is a sweet, milky drink, nirah, that comes from a special variety of lontar palm. The people tap the palm during the five months of dry season each year, drinking the nirah directly and also making it into sugar.

The people grow gardens during the wet season, catch fish, and raise pigs, goats, sheep and water buffalo.

They use horses for transportation, and have begun to grow and sell seaweed, used in food and cosmetic products.

What are their beliefs?
Traders introduced the people of Rote to Christianity in the 1700s. Impressed by the Christian religion, three rulers went to the larger, more populated island of Java to investigate it further. There they became Christians. When they returned to their island, they brought a copy of the Bible, written in the trade language. They set up schools and taught people to read. Soon Christianity spread throughout the island. The Dela people are proud of their faith and their churches but still do not have God’s Word in their own language. Pastors use the Indonesian language Bible in services.

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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Nusa Tenggara Timur Province; Rote island west coast, Dela and Oe Nale domains.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Dela-Oenale
People Name General: Dela-Oenale
ROP3 Code: 115075
Joshua Project People ID: 19536
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 9,000
Population all Countries: 9,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: Timor
People Name General: Dela-Oenale
Ethnic Code: MSY44y
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Dela-Oenale (9,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): row    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity55.00 %(Evangelical: 4.00 %)
Ethnic Religions45.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Dela-Oenale in Indonesia

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