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Sanio in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,900 Saniyo-Hiyewe Christianity 85.00 % 30.00 % No No   

Sanio in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
In 1966 the Saniyo People had their first contact with the outside world by a team of Christian anthropologists, living with them. Ron and Sandy Lewis began living among the people for forty some years, completing the Saniyo New Testament in 2005.

Where are they located?
The Saniyo people live in the East Sepik province in Papua New Guinea about 100 miles up river from from the government station of Ambunti. They live along the banks and surrounding area of Wogamous River, south of the Sepik River.

What are their lives like?
They are considered a hunter and gatherer society. Their diet primarily consists of sago, supplemented with jungle greens, coconuts, pineapples and a few vegetables they plant in jungle gardens. The men hunt wild pigs and other animals. The women spend their time processing the sago starch.

What are their beliefs?
Traditional, their belief is animism and they spend most of their time placating and manipulating the spirits. The spirits of their dead remain in the village area helping the hunters or taking revenge on those people who harmed them during their life. Several churches have entered the area and have had an impact on their lives.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the people use their scripture in their daily lives.
* Pray that the outside mining company will build their pipeline away from the Saniyo area.
* Pray that they will grow spiritually.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

Author's own experience living with the group for 40 years.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:East Sepik province: Ambunti district, Wogamus river basin foothills; Sandaun province: Telefomin district, southeast of Wano river; Hiyowe dialect: Maposi village; Saniyo dialect: Hanasi, Malapute’e, Pukapuki, Salunapi, and Sio villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Sanio
People Name General: Sanio
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ROP3 Code: 108658
Joshua Project People ID: 14731
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,900
Population all Countries: 1,900
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Sanio
Ethnic Code: AON09b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Saniyo-Hiyewe (1,900 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sny    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity85.00 %(Evangelical: 30.00 %)
Ethnic Religions15.00 % 
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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1983-1984
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Owane Sitewi lo Peri Te'e Naneiye ...
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Sanio in Papua New Guinea

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      Sanio Papua New Guinea    
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