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Bibling, Aria in Papua New Guinea

Bibling, Aria

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
300 Amara Christianity 100.00 % 19.00 % No No   

Bibling, Aria in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Amara people live on the northwest coast of New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea. Originally the people lived in the mountains, but the government relocated them to the coast and scattered them among non-Amara villages. There are now three Amara villages, but only one of these villages still actively speaks the Amara language. As the people assimilate to the neighbouring groups, they are steadily losing their identity as Amara people and are instead taking on the identity of their neighbours.

The Amara live in bamboo houses on stilts directly next to the ocean. During the windy season, the intensity of the winds sometimes destroys houses, so people choose to sleep on the beach. Their gardens, located further inland, produce taro, sweet potatoes, greens and bananas. They raise chickens and pigs for consumption and for use during various traditional ceremonies. At times they supplement their diet with seafood. Year round the people grow copra and betel nut as cash crops. There is one elementary school and only the Catholic denomination among the Amara villages.

Some of the Amara people are part of the translation programme among the neighbouring Bariai people. Due to this, they have an understanding of the time and effort that go into translating the Bible. Several men in the area want to learn how to translate the Bible into the Amara language. There is a deep desire to preserve the Amara language in order to maintain a link to their heritage and culture.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Amara people as they make decisions about how to develop their language and maintain their Amara identity.
* Pray that God would clearly guide and direct the people in these decisions and that He would reveal Himself to the Amara people through the process.
* 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.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:West New Britain province: northwest coast, Anepmate, Kaugo, Niuniuai, Siamatai, and Waramasalai villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bibling, Aria
People Name General: Bibling
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101414
Joshua Project People ID: 10832
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300
Population all Countries: 300
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Bibling
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Amara (300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): aie    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity100.00 %(Evangelical: 19.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant40.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Bibling, Aria in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Bibling Papua New Guinea    
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