Simbali in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Simbali only in Papua New Guinea





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Simbali speakers constitute a sub-group of the Baining people, who are the original inhabitants of the Gazelle Peninsula in East New Britain Province. There are six villages where Simbali is the primary language spoken. These are located over a broad area in the southern part of the peninsula.

Though not a large group (pop. c. 500), the community has formed a local organisation to assert their interests on several development fronts. Alongside material interests such as logging and oil palm farming, the community would like to take initiative in developing their language, which forms a strong part of their identity.

What Are Their Needs?

SIL seeks to come alongside the Simbali community through a programme called the New Britain Initiative (NBI). If developed, this programme would focus on training Papua New Guineans in translation practices and then mentor teams of national
translators as they work on the New Testament. The Simbali people want to be able to read God's word in their own tongue and are enthusiastic about the prospect of being involved in this programme.

Prayer Points

* For pastors of churches in the Simbali area to understand and teach the word of God well.
* For SIL leadership to have wisdom in planning the NBI.
* For the Simbali people to grow in their understanding of God.
* For God to make a way, through the NBI or another method, to provide his word in the Simbali language.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Simbali
People Name in Country Simbali
Population in Papua New Guinea 500
World Population 500
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Simbali
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 14180
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country East New Britain Province, Gazelle Peninsula.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Simbali (500)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Simbali 500
For Primary Language: Simbali

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 17.00 %)
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 %
75.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
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