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Bwaidoga, Mataitai in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Bwaidoka Christianity 88.00 % 20.00 % No No   

Bwaidoga, Mataitai in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Bwaidoka people live in the southern part of Goodenough Island, with most of their twenty villages and numerous hamlets scattered along the narrow strip of flat land between the steep mountains and ocean. Access to the Bwaidoka area is by air or boat. There is a World War II airstrip on the eastern plain of Goodenough Island. From there travel is usually by pre-arranged vehicle or boat. Traveling by boat from Alotau takes 12-15 hours.

The Bwaidoka people live in thatch-roofed houses and are primarily subsistence farmers, fishing occasionally. Soccer for the men and netball for the women are favorite sports, with teams traveling to other villages to play. One of their favorite pastimes is telling and listening to stories, which can be quite interesting. Christianity was introduced in the 1890s through United Methodist missionaries. Later, Catholic missionaries came but have not had major inroads into the Bwaidoka area. Other religious groups have come but have not been very successful.

Because most people don't really understand the gospel, animism is still very much in place, with even many of the pastors still practicing garden magic. There is a great need for people to understand the Word in their own language. Most of the men and some of the women know Dobu, the local trade language, to some extent, using it in preaching and in relating to outsiders who speak it, but they still use the Bwaidoka language in their homes. Bwaidoka is the de facto lingua franca for Goodenough Island and the northern end of Ferguson Island. English is used often in government.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Milne Bay province: Bolubolu district, west Fergusson island, south tip of Goodenough island.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Bwaidoga, Mataitai
People Name General: Bwaidoga
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101822
Joshua Project People ID: 11058
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 11,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Bwaidoga
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Bwaidoka
Language Code (ISO): bwd    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity88.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions12.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic40.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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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: 1913-2018
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Bwaidoka
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Bwaidoga, Mataitai in Papua New Guinea

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