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Yaleba in Papua New Guinea


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,000 Yaleba Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 % No No   

Yaleba in Papua New Guinea

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Introduction / History
The Yaleba people of Papua New Guinea live on the peninsula south of Alotau in Milne Bay Province. Their staple foods include sweet potatoes and yams from their gardens, supplemented with leafy greens from the gardens and fish from the bay. The Yaleba people also occasionally hunt for animals such as pig and cuscus in the bush. They cook most of their food in coconut milk, which is prepared by squeezing shredded coconut in water.

Due to the presence of a nearby timber company, many people build their houses of lumber off-cuts that they buy inexpensively from the company. Those that do not use lumber build their houses using wood and palm tree materials.

The Yaleba people primarily speak their own vernacular language, also called Yaleba. Some people are also able to speak English, which they learn in school, and many are able to understand neighboring languages to a limited degree.

About 1918 the Kwato church, the largest denomination in the area, was brought to various points on the mainland and spread to Yaleba before WWII. However, the churches soon became non-operational during WWII, at which time people were forced to move out of Yaleba. After the war, the people moved back and the church reopened. Now many Yaleba people profess Christianity and some attend church. However, there appears to be a lack of understanding of the gospel among many of those professing Christianity. There is a need for God's word to be translated into Yaleba.

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Country: Papua New Guinea
Continent: Australia
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Milne Bay province: Huhu LGA, Dalidali, Gamadoudou, Gibara, Gwaugulina, Iwame, Kilakilana, and Wanabelo villages.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Yaleba
People Name General: Yaleba
ROP3 Code: 116923
Joshua Project People ID: 20548
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,000
Population all Countries: 2,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: New Guinea
People Name General: Yaleba
Ethnic Code: AON09b
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Primary Language: Yaleba (2,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ylb    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 5.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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None Reported
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Yaleba in Papua New Guinea

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People Cluster
    New Guinea     Australia and Pacific    
      Yaleba Papua New Guinea    
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            Yaleba in Papua New Guinea          
      Religion Language  
      Christianity     Yaleba  
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