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Gabadi in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,400 Abadi Christianity 95.00 % 20.00 % No No   

Gabadi in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Abadi people live in approximately 11 villages near the Hiritano Highway, NW of Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea. Their proximity to Port Moresby provides them with many economic benefits, including the lucrative business of selling their garden produce at Port Moresby markets. Some Abadi people work in the city, however strong family and social ties entice many people to remain in the villages.

Although the Abadi have preserved some traditions, they also have a number of modern conveniences, including electricity, water tanks, gas pressure lamps and a few televisions. Most Abadi houses have corrugated iron roofing. Many houses have Masonite walls, though some have walls made from "bush" materials such as bamboo. Some houses have screens and glass windows, items uncommon in rural Papua New Guinea. For cooking, many Abadi people use a metal grill over the fire, which may be raised off the ground.

The Abadi people have excellent educational opportunities. A large number of Abadi people have been to high school, and some have attended university.

The London Missionary Society evangelized the Abadi area in the late 19th century, and Christianity is the dominant religion in the Abadi area. However, some people also practice traditional magic and divination. Church leaders say that many people are uninterested in church activities, preferring to spend their time playing sports. Church leaders are concerned that the languages used in church—English and Motu—are not well understood by their congregations. During a church conference in 2000, church leaders made a commitment to pray that the Bible would be translated into Abadi. It is evident that they have been praying, and that seeds of vision for Bible translation have been planted and watered among the church leaders. Let's join them in praying that the Abadi people will receive and understand God's Word in their own language.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Central province: Kairuku district, 5 main villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Gabadi
People Name General: Gabadi
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103101
Joshua Project People ID: 11789
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,400
Population all Countries: 6,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Gabadi
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Abadi (6,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kbt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
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)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2014-2016
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Gabadi in Papua New Guinea

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    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Gabadi Papua New Guinea    
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