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Kaliai in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,500 Lusi Christianity 98.00 % 19.00 % No No   

Kaliai in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Kaliai are a people with strong ties to their culture, including their language, Lusi. Since the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches came to their area in the late 1930s, the Kaliai have been active in their local churches, and generally, they have responded well to the Gospel. They use languages other than Lusi in church, however, because no translation work has been done in their mother tongue. They want to have the Bible translated into their heart language so that they can use it in church. They also desire to use it for personal study so that they can better understand the Word of God. A translation team could work in both the Lusi and neighboring Kove language. They could translate the Scriptures into Kove first, and then they could make the necessary adjustments to the translation so that the Kaliai can use it.

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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.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Kaliai
People Name General: Kaliai
ROP3 Code: 104473
Joshua Project People ID: 12450
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,500
Population all Countries: 4,500
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Kaliai
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Lusi (4,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): khl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity98.00 %(Evangelical: 19.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
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)
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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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Kaliai in Papua New Guinea

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  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Kaliai Papua New Guinea    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Kaliai in Papua New Guinea          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Lusi  
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