Paama in Vanuatu

Joshua Project has identified the Paama only in Vanuatu
Population
9,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Home for the Paama is Vanuatu, a nation of 80 islands. The land passes through generations as birthright. For substance crops families raise yams, taro and vegetables and harvest coconuts to sell.

Almost all claim Christianity but many believe in harnessing power from created objects and performing rituals or using divination for prosperity and health. In the early 20th century, English and French cotton and coconut plantations dominated the volcanic islands that form Vanuatu. During that period, a Christian worker arrived with his family on the island of Paama. Over time, he shared the Gospel with the Paama people as well as the neighboring islands. One by one, the chiefs put aside violence and sorcery and embraced Christianity. But without the foundation of God's Word in the languages of these populations, fear of sorcery and belief in spirits resurfaced as common practice.

A recent network of churches is working together to complete translation of Scripture in Paama. Church leaders are excited and already plan to produce training materials and discipleship courses. Both print and audio Scripture materials will be produced, making God's Word quickly available to as many people as possible. The finishing touches will be applied to prepare for print and for audio production during this final phase.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Paama
People Name in Country Paama
Population in Vanuatu 9,000
World Population 9,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Pauma
People ID 14246
Country Vanuatu
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Paama, 1 village on east Epi (Lopevi), large group in Vila.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Vanuatu
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Paama, 1 village on east Epi (Lopevi), large group in Vila.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language: Paama (9,000 speakers)
Language Code: pma   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Paama (9,000 speakers)
Language Code: pma   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Secondary Languages:
For Primary Language: Paama

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1907-2011)
New Testament Yes   (1944)
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Paama Bible
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 42.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
30.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
70.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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