Abasakur in Papua New Guinea


Joshua Project has identified the Abasakur only in Papua New Guinea

Population

1,680

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Pal people speak a language called Pal and are spread out along the southeast end of the Adelbert mountain range in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea. The bush trails linking the eleven Pal hamlets are steep, with the highest peak just under 5,000 feet. For generations the Pal people have been intimately acquainted with the skills needed to survive in a treacherous mountain region. They are experts at subsistence farming and as adept at hunting wild boar as they are at surviving massive mudslides, earthquakes, and the flash floods that pervade their tropical environment.

The Lutheran missionaries in the Madang Province introduced Christianity to the greater area in 1887. Later, national Lutheran missionaries were trained at remote stations and sent out to spread the Gospel to villages in the vicinity. For the Pal people, the Adelbert mountain range proved to be an obstacle that prevented national missionaries from coming for eighty-seven years. Finally, in 1965 and 1966, the national missionaries from Wanuma Station braved the rugged mountain terrain to establish a church among the Pal people in the villages of Wambupu and Naburume. Within the last decade the Apostolic and Catholic Churches have also been established in the Pal area. However, the Lutheran Church remains the dominant church.

Two thirds of the Pal have membership in either the Apostolic, Catholic or Lutheran churches. Church workers in the area report that those who hold a church membership attend church regularly. But many in the community who call themselves Christians would be considered syncretistic, because they generally combine traditional religious practices with Christianity. To break this trend, it is critical that the Scriptures become available to the Pal people. Though they are a small people group, numbering only a few, they have expressed a need for God's Word in their own language. Please pray they will have God's Word in a language they truly understand.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Abasakur
People Name in Country Abasakur
Population in Papua New Guinea 1,700
World Population 1,700
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Abasakur
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10123
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Madang Province.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pal: Abasakur (1,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pal: Abasakur 1,700
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 28.00 %)
100.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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