Waima in Papua New Guinea

Joshua Project has identified the Waima only in Papua New Guinea





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Introduction / History

Hill country surrounds the coastal homeland of the Waima people. Hacking away the overgrowth, families plant gardens that supply most of their vegetables. Practiced Waima hunters find plenty of game in the verdant jungles. Sometimes they hunt wallabies to earn extra cash. They also catch fish to trade for cooking bananas and other staples their families enjoy.

Higher in the hills, more aggressive people hide in the jungles. Waima speakers and other coastal people groups maintain a tenuous distance from these potentially threatening neighbors. Robberies and other criminal activities nearby have made the "lowlanders" rather reluctant to embrace strangers.

Christianity came to the Waima area in the late 19th century, but without the mother tongue Scriptures. People misunderstood the message of Christ, but they embraced the physical improvements, the cargo, that the Christian workers brought. That left churches fighting a strong undertow of "cargo cult" beliefs and they are eager to have the whole Bible in their own language.

Scripture in the mother tongue will counter error with the living Truth. It will generate freedom from fear of spirits and release those bound to empty ritual. God's Word in the Waima language will reveal the deception behind the power of traditional practices and cargo-related beliefs, giving Christians courage to lay them aside.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Waima
People Name in Country Waima
Population in Papua New Guinea 15,000
World Population 15,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Pacific Islanders
People Cluster New Guinea
People Name General Waima
Ethnic Code AON09b
People ID 19642
Country Papua New Guinea
Region South Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Central Province, near Kairuku, Yule Island and mainland..   Source:  World Christian Database
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Waima (15,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Waima 15,000
For Primary Language: Waima

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1947-1995)
New Testament Yes   (2003)
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Scripture text - download Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Roman Catholic

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 17.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
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 %
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source: Joe Poha Aihi Neree  
Map Source: Anonymous  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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