Baelelea in Solomon Islands

Joshua Project has identified the Baelelea only in Solomon Islands





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Most Baelelea people on the northern end of Malaita Island in the Solomons consider themselves Christians. Christian workers first arrived here in the early 1900s, but today Baelelea believers still keep rules and perform rituals — some of them church-related — to try to please God and earn His favor.

These kinds of performance-based teachings stem from a deep animistic root in which people seek to appease and manipulate ancestors and other spirits. The New Testament in their mother tongue will help believers understand who God is and what Christ did. Then they will be able to recognize and stand strong against false teaching.

Many of the Baelelea families make their living through farming or fishing. But the national economy is weak. School fees are a heavy burden on most parents. Communities also need basic health services.

Young people often leave home to study in the city for high school. But after they've graduated, most can't find jobs in the tight city markets and don't want to return home to the rural occupations of their parents. This dilemma is creating a jobless generation.

Several local denominations currently use published Bible portions in North Malaita. As the New Testament is finalized, the teams will focus on distribution of the printed text, oral readings, audio recordings and literacy initiatives.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Baelelea
People Name in Country Baelelea
Population in Solomon Islands 13,000
World Population 13,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mbaelelea
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster Solomons
People Name General Baelelea
Ethnic Code AON09d
People ID 10552
Country Solomon Islands
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North Malaita Island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Baelelea (13,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Baelelea 13,000
For Primary Language: Baelelea

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Anglican

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 36.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
60.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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