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Neko in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
900 Neko Christianity 90.00 % 19.00 % No No   

Neko in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Neko people live in three inland villages and a coastal village located on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea, in the eastern part of Madang Province. The Neko people live in a tropical rainforest. One village is on the coast and the others are in a mountainous area farther inland.

What are their lives like?
Their diet consists primarily of sweet potatoes, taro, greens and fish. Houses are made with black palm floors and woven bamboo walls. Roofs are thatched with dried sago palm leaves. Houses are set on posts 2-3 meters above the ground. Most Neko people wear western-style clothing, but many women wear a long piece of cloth tied around their waist for a skirt.

What are their beliefs?
The first church in the Neko area was a Christian Revival Church (CRC) founded in 1982 by a man from Karkar Island, a volcanic island off the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea. About a year later, another Papua New Guinean started a Lutheran church in the Neko area.

What are their needs?
The Neko people do not have the Bible in their mother tongue. During church services the Bible is read in Tok Pisin, the language of wider communication.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Madang Province, coast near Biliau.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Neko
People Name General: Neko
ROP3 Code: 107191
Joshua Project People ID: 13307
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 900
Population all Countries: 900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Neko
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Neko (900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nej    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 19.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Neko in Papua New Guinea

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