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Guntai in Papua New Guinea



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
500 Guntai Ethnic Religions 40.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Guntai in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Scattered over low, flat land in the far southwest of Papua New Guinea, roughly 4,500 people living in 30 villages and hamlets make up the West Morehead community. Vast grasslands interlace with stretches of forest between the town of Morehead in the east and the Indonesian border in the west. This beautiful land is rich in wildlife and distinctive for its forests, which are two-toned by the watermark of seasonal flooding. Wild game is plentiful and a valuable source of income for the people that live here.

What are their lives like?
Much of the area is flooded from January to June, but in the dry season, it is possible for residents to travel on foot, by bicycle or on motorbikes. Ease of travel facilitates a community-wide sense of solidarity and familiarity. The many different languages are related and people find it easy to learn one another's and often learn three or four different ones.

Every village has at least one church, and some concerns are shared by pastors and members across denominations in the area. One concern is that there is no place for people to buy Bibles. The church leaders who have Bibles have to rely on English translations. Only one language in the area has a translation but the Arammba New Testament has not yet been published. Sadly, Arammba is hardest to understand for speakers of the other languages in the area. Although English is used in the area and taught in schools, most people's English ability prevents them from understanding English Bibles.

What are their beliefs?
Church members find it easy to fear the power of sorcerers, whom they know about, but hard to trust the power of God, whom they don't feel they know well. Pastors say that it is hard to help people know the power of Christ in their daily lives.

What are their needs?
Recently, mobile phone towers were constructed in the area and many leaders are excited about the prospects of West Morehead being less isolated in the future than it has been in the past.

Prayer Points
* For workers to help volunteers to continue to produce language materials
* For unity, grace and forgiveness between church denominations
* That people would truly know freedom from the fear of sorcery
* That resources, particularly people, would be provided for a project to involve all the communities in Bible translation
* For a deeper hunger to know Jesus and his power
* 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
Total Provinces on file:1
Location in Country:Western province: Morehead district.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Guntai
People Name General: Guntai
ROP3 Code: 103572
Joshua Project People ID: 11997
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 500
Population all Countries: 500
Least-Reached: No
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Guntai
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Language
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Primary Language: Guntai (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): gnt    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity40.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions60.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 4   Greater than or equal to 2% 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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Guntai in Papua New Guinea

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