Gogodala in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Gogodala only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

A genetic scientist was contacted by a member of the Gogodala people in Papua New Guinea who claims his tribal members are genetically Jews. The scientist was asked to do DNA testing to find out if this is true.

Australian missionaries successfully converted the Gogodala people to Christianity decades ago. These missionaries remarked about the 'Jewish' appearance of the Gogodala people and the similarity of the Gogodala language to Hebrew. It will take some studies by experts to find out the truth.

Where Are they Located?

There is a generous estimate of 800 Jews in Papua New Guinea where the overall population is over 5 million. There are no known established synagogues or Jewish schools in this country. Most Jews in Papua New Guinea are involved in business and finances.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will bring believers to Jews who are living in Papua New Guinea.
* Pray that God will let the Gogodala know their true genetic background.
* Pray that missionaries will desire to share with the tribal people of this country how God worked through the Jewish people to reveal his glory.

Profile Source:   Patricia Depew  

People Name General Gogodala
People Name in Country Gogodala
Population in Papua New Guinea 29,000
World Population 29,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Gogodala
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 11918
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western Province, north bank of Fly River, Aramia River. 301 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gogodala (29,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gogodala 29,000
For Primary Language: Gogodala

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1942-1988)
New Testament Yes   (1981)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 13.00 %)
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 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source: Tony Waisa  
Profile Source: Patricia Depew  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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