Kela, Gela in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Kela only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Most Kala people live in the coastal villages of Papua New Guinea's Huon Gulf area that their families have lived in for generations, but some live in Lae and other cities of the nation. The number of people who speak Kala as their primary language is 2,200 as of the 2011 census but the total number who count their ethnicity as Kala is about 3,000. Most Kala speakers support themselves through fishing and keeping small gardens. Many also have relatives who have jobs in towns and they depend on those relatives to help them financially for things that require money such as the annual fees they must pay for their children to attend school.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Kala people consider themselves Christians. But all too often their Christian beliefs do not seem relevant to the most important areas of their lives. They live in fear of evil spirits, ghosts and sorcerers who might secretly be working magic to cause them or their children to die. They feel worthless and have a hard time believing that God really loves them. When someone become very ill or dies unexpectedly, people see it as judgment for sin, a result of sorcery or a result of ghosts who are acting against them. They have no Bible in their language and so an effort has begun to let the people hear directly from the Word for themselves and become true disciples of the Lord Jesus.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Kela
People Name in Country Kela, Gela
Population in Papua New Guinea 2,500
World Population 2,500
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Gela, Lemba
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Kela
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 12609
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Morobe Province, Huon Gulf south coast, between Salamaua and Kui, Paiawa River. 10 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Kala (2,500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Kala 2,500
For Primary Language: Kala

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 27.00 %)
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 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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