Okinawan, Ryukuan in Bolivia


Population
2,300
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Ryukyuan are the indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. Traditionally, the people have a very tightly-knit family life and enjoy close personal friendships. They see themselves as bound together by their home island and, especially among older people, will always consider themselves from Ryukyuan first and Japan second. They are among the longest-lived people in the world. Native Uchina religion places strong emphasis upon the role of the women in the community, with women holding positions as shamans and guardians of the home. Most of the younger generation are not serious adherents of this religion anymore, but many older people try to teach about the old ways, including dances and the language.


Ministry Obstacles

The Ryukyuan people do not have a legacy of understanding the ways of God as revealed through Moses, the prophets, and Jesus Christ.


Outreach Ideas

The Ryukuyan are known as a peaceful people and have always considered the arts and music as more honorable than combat skills. Pray these peaceful people will welcome the good news of Jesus as it comes to them in various forms.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A small number of the Ryukyuan people identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the people on the Ruykyuan islands to become aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that forgiveness has been provided through faith in the work of Christ on the cross.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ryukyuan, Central
People Name in Country Okinawan, Ryukuan
Population in Bolivia 2,300
World Population 981,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Okinawan, Ryukyuan
People ID 11136

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Enthologue Language Map


Primary Language: Okinawan, Central (2,300 speakers)
Language Code: ryu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Okinawan, Central (2,300 speakers)
Language Code: ryu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Okinawan, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1855-1858)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
 
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
98.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
Unknown
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Donna Arsenault  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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