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Mesem in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
8,200 Mesem Christianity 95.00 % 28.00 % No No   

Mesem in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Mesem people were first contacted by Papua New Guineans sent out by the Lutheran Mission in Finchafen. Yohanuc Wenge was the first pastor who went and lived among the Mesem. He was from the neighboring Nabak tribe but came to raise his children in the Mesem area.

Where are they located?
They are located in the mountains of the Huon Peninsula.

What are their lives like?
They are subsistence farmers who grow coffee and other vegetables as a cash crop. There are Mesem people in leadership in various areas of PNG, but those who remain in the language area maintain a lifestyle much like their ancestors.

What are their beliefs?
Traditionally they were animistic. Most people profess a form of Christianity though traditional beliefs continue to be maintained by many. An increasing number of people are Bible believing without maintaining traditional animistic traditions.

What are their needs?
Pray for those who were trained in the scriptures to continue to share the gospel with others in their own language. Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit leading to further revival among the Mesem.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Morobe province: Lae district, Boana subdistrict, interior north of Lae. 14 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Mesem
People Name General: Mesem
ROP3 Code: 106742
Joshua Project People ID: 13782
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 8,200
Population all Countries: 8,200
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Mesem
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Mesem
Language Code (ISO): mci    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: 28.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant90.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1996-2001
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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None Reported
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Mesem in Papua New Guinea

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    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Mesem Papua New Guinea    
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