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Vanimo in Papua New Guinea

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,500 Vanimo Christianity 90.00 % 12.00 % No No   

Vanimo in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Vanimo language group is said to have come from the area of Lake Sentani, now part of Indonesia. They traveled along the coast of New Guinea over onehundred years ago to where they are now settled in three villages, between Vanimo town and the Papua New Guinea and Indonesia border. Lonely Planet says, "The coast between Vanimo and the Indonesian border is crammed with superb beaches, waterholes and lagoons, pretty creeks and picturesque villages."

The Vanimo men fish the lagoons and reefs, going out in outrigger canoes from which they stand, balanced to throw their spears at the reef fish. The women, some marked with tattoos and scarification patterns, make clay cooking pots. Traditional culture, however, is not what it used to be, having assimilated to it the Catholic church, the village club for drinking beer and watching videos, and the typical Papua New Guinea markers of development—tin roofing, tin meat, a generator, and rice. One observer reported that for one traditional singsing—drums, dancing, chanting, costumes, spirits—the people from Warimo village brought in a truck load of beer, and they wore second hand clothes under their leaves and feathers.

Despite the fact that a fair amount of Western influence has seeped into their lives, their mother tongue is still of great importance to them. Tok Pisin is secondary to the Vanimo language, and the people expect to be using it far into the future. The only place where Vanimo is not the dominant language is in the church.

Some things remain the same and some things have changed in the way that the Vanimo people live, but the fact remains that Satan uses both old and new to keep his hold on the Vanimo people. There is a need for a Bible in the Vanimo language in that there is a need for the Vanimo people to come to a knowledge of the Truth.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Sandaun province: Vanimo district. 3 villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Vanimo
People Name General: Vanimo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 110505
Joshua Project People ID: 15771
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,500
Population all Countries: 5,400
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Vanimo
Ethnic Code: AON10b
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Primary Language: Vanimo (4,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): vam    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 12.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
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)
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Vanimo in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Vanimo Papua New Guinea    
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            Vanimo in Papua New Guinea          
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