Bilur in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Bilur only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

South of Kokopo, on the main road heading toward the airport, we take a right turn onto a very bumpy yet passable road. Through old plantations of coconut and cocoa trees, past a few houses and one sprawling ancient tree, we come suddenly upon a school and church. Not many houses are visible from the road, but it is apparent that there is a large population
hidden among the trees.

This is the area of the Minigir people of East New Britain (also known as Bilur), whose population is estimated to be around 4000. They are a friendly and welcoming people who are interested in development. Rather than houses of bush materials like in much of PNG, many of the houses here are made of timber and metal. Water tanks and cement tell of a motivated people group, and we were told of their hopes to bring power into houses soon.

These forward thinking people expressed interest in language development and Bible translation as well. Currently, the people use the Bibles of two local trade languages, Tok Pisin and Kuanua, as well as the English Bible in church. SIL seeks to come alongside the Minigir community through a programme called the New Britain Initiative (NBI). If developed, this programme would focus on training Papua New Guineans in translation practices and then oversee teams of national translators as they work on the New Testament.

Because the Minigir area is so close to the SIL Kokopo centre, they would have a wonderful opportunity for training if the NBI comes to fruition. One Minigir man said of the Kuanua Bible, "It is not enough".

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Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Bilur
People Name in Country Bilur
Population in Papua New Guinea 4,600
World Population 4,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Bilur
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 10851
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East New Britain Province, Gazelle Peninsula, southeast of Cape Gazelle. 9 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Minigir: Bilur (4,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Minigir: Bilur 4,600
For Primary Language: Minigir

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 26.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
5.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
90.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
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