Foran, Wagi, Kamba in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Foran, Wagi, Kamba only in Papua New Guinea





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Introduction / History

Wagi people are standing at the edge between their traditional culture and the encroaching urban Papua New Guinean culture.
Five Wagi villages sit only a short distance from one of Papua New Guinea's largest urban centers, Madang. Many Wagi people travel to Madang regularly in PMVs (public motor vehicles), to work, shop, socialize, or sell produce or traditional string bags at the market.

The influence of urban culture is evident in the Wagi area. While most homes are made with traditional materials, such as bamboo and sago leaves, some are made with sawn lumber and metal roofs on a concrete foundation. Everyone wears western-style clothes most of which are purchased at secondhand shops in Madang. Wagi people eat mostly food grown in their gardens, like taro, greens, corn, sugarcane, bananas, and pineapples, but they also supplement their diet with food from town, like rice, noodles, and tinned meat.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Christianity first entered the Wagi area around 1910, when some Wagi men traveled to a Lutheran mission station in a neighboring language, became Christians, and returned to share the good news with their own people. Even though there are now fourteen churches in the area, many people don't have a true understanding of the gospel.

What Are Their Needs?

In the early 1990s, a missionary family moved into the Wagi area to translate the Bible. Unfortunately, they left only a short time later because of illness, and the work stopped. However, in 2008, three Wagi men restarted the translation work and have already revised and distributed some Scripture portions done by the original translator.

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People Name General Foran, Wagi, Kamba
People Name in Country Foran, Wagi, Kamba
Population in Papua New Guinea 4,600
World Population 4,600
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Foran, Kamba, Wagi
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Foran, Wagi, Kamba
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 11225
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Madang Province, northwest of Madang, Mis, Kamba, Foran, Kauris, and Silibob villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Wagi (4,600)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Wagi 4,600
For Primary Language: Wagi

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 %)
90.00 %
Ethnic Religions
10.00 %
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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