Neko of Papua New Guinea
People Name: Neko
Country: Papua New Guinea
Language: Neko
Population: 900
Unreached: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Primary Religion: Christianity
% Adherents: 90.00 %
% Evangelical: 19.00 %
Progress Status: 5.0
Profile provided by:

Joshua Project
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Colorado Springs, CO 80962
United States


Introduction / History
The Neko people live in three inland villages and a coastal village located on the Rai Coast of Papua New Guinea, in the eastern part of Madang Province. The Neko people live in a tropical rainforest. One village is on the coast and the others are in a mountainous area farther inland.

What are their lives like?
Their diet consists primarily of sweet potatoes, taro, greens and fish. Houses are made with black palm floors and woven bamboo walls. Roofs are thatched with dried sago palm leaves. Houses are set on posts 2-3 meters above the ground. Most Neko people wear western-style clothing, but many women wear a long piece of cloth tied around their waist for a skirt.

What are their beliefs?
The first church in the Neko area was a Christian Revival Church (CRC) founded in 1982 by a man from Karkar Island, a volcanic island off the northeast coast of Papua New Guinea. About a year later, another Papua New Guinean started a Lutheran church in the Neko area.

What are their needs?
The Neko people do not have the Bible in their mother tongue. During church services the Bible is read in Tok Pisin, the language of wider communication.

Neko of Papua New Guinea