Iwal in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Iwal only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Iwal people live in nine villages: five inland and four along the coast. All nine villages speak one a single native language known as Iwal. They also speak Tok Pisin -- a secondary Pidgin language used to communicate with other Papua New Guineans.

The nine villages are located southeast of Lae, the second city of Papua New Guinea. It takes two or more hours by motorboat. This is the only way of reaching the village. Five of the villages located inland can only be reached by walking up hills and mountains and crossing rivers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Iwal are fisherman and farmers who grow vegetables and tropical food and fruits. They don't live on wages or salaries and there are no bank accounts. When the vegetables and fruits are ready they are taken to Lae and sold. The money is used to buy clothes, soap and medication or used for the offering in the churches.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Iwal are Christian. The Lutheran church used to be the only church, but now some villages have other denominations present such as Baptists and Seventh-Day Adventists.

What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for treated mosquito nets because each year children and adults are infected with malaria.

Many lives have been lost to this horrible disease. The people need a system to be able to communicate with the city in cases of emergency and for emergency transportation.

Most of the time communication with the city is impossible. Proper medical centers need to be established and staffed in each villages

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Iwal people will continue to live for God
* Pray that the people will not simply attend church every Sunday but rather open their hearts and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Friend, Saviour and Lord
* Pray that all Iwal would experience God's salvation. There are those who are not ready or are scared to recieve God in their hearts.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Iwal
People Name in Country Iwal
Population in Papua New Guinea 2,400
World Population 2,400
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Iwal
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12297
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Morobe Province, Lae District, between Wau and Salamaua.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Iwal (2,400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Iwal 2,400
For Primary Language: Iwal

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1975)
New Testament Yes   (1984)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Yisu Kilisi ane Binge Vie Giengk Iwal Avos Text / Printed Matter
Scripture text - download Text / Printed Matter
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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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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