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Yakamul in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,300 Kap Christianity 95.00 % 20.00 % No No   

Yakamul in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
Kap speakers live in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea. Two villages are located on the coast and speakers also live on three small islands about 7 kilometers from the mainland.

Sago is a major food in the area. People mix sago with boiling water to make a jelly like substance which they eat. People in the mainland villages harvest sago both for their own consumption and to sell at market. They also have gardens where they grow fruit and vegetables, most of which they eat themselves. People on the islands are short of land and only have small gardens. They are fishermen, catching fish on the reefs next to their islands. To get other food they either sell or trade the fish they catch. For half of the year, when the seas are rough, it is difficult and dangerous for them to travel to the mainland to sell or trade their fish. The island people regularly face hunger because of this. Many church leaders on the islands requested prayer about this shortage of food.

What are their beliefs?
The area was first evangelized by the Catholic church in the 1890s. Other denominations began churches in the area from the 1960s onwards. There are now many different denominations with churches in the area. However, many people are Christian in name only. Several church leaders felt there was a need for people to repent and change their lives.

The Kap language is becoming less widely spoken as people are shifting to speaking Tok Pisin, a trade language. Most children do not speak Kap.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Sandaun province: between Paup and Yakamul coast; Ali, Angel, and Seleo islands.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Yakamul
People Name General: Yakamul
ROP3 Code: 110933
Joshua Project People ID: 15955
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,300
Population all Countries: 5,300
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Yakamul
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Kap (5,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ykm    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Ali Island
Dialect Code:588
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 20.00 %)
Ethnic Religions5.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant60.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(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
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Yakamul in Papua New Guinea

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      Yakamul Papua New Guinea    
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