Country: East Timor

Number of People Groups


People Groups Unreached

0 (0.0%)

Total Population


Unreached Population

0 (0.0%)

% Professing Christian


% Evangelical

2.21 %

Largest Religion

Literacy Rate

68 %

10/40 Window

Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Primary Religion % Professing
Adabe 5,500 5,500 Adabe Christianity 64.00 % 2.50 %
Baikeno 76,000 76,000 Baikeno Christianity 98.00 % 2.00 %
 Bunak 60,000 83,000 Bunak Ethnic Religions 23.00 % 3.00 %
Dagoda 40,000 40,000 Fataluku Christianity 88.00 % 2.00 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Language unknown Christianity 88.00 % 2.00 %
Galoli 14,000 28,000 Galolen Christianity 94.00 % 2.50 %
Habu 2,900 2,900 Habun Christianity 56.00 % 3.00 %
 Han Chinese, Hakka 700 42,649,000 Chinese, Hakka Ethnic Religions 32.00 % 6.00 %
Idate 15,000 15,000 Idate Christianity 58.00 % 0.80 %
 Indonesian 3,000 6,621,000 Indonesian Islam 20.00 % 6.00 %
Kairui-Midik 16,000 16,000 Kairui-Midiki Christianity 92.00 % 2.00 %
Kemak 68,000 79,000 Kemak Christianity 94.00 % 1.50 %
Lakalei 3,500 3,500 Lakalei Christianity 83.00 % 1.00 %
Makalero 7,300 7,300 Makalero Christianity 90.00 % 5.00 %
Makasai 111,000 111,000 Makasae Christianity 92.00 % 2.50 %
Maku'a Unknown Unknown Makuva Ethnic Religions 23.00 % 2.00 %
Mambai 143,000 143,000 Mambae Christianity 99.00 % 2.00 %
Naueti 16,000 16,000 Nauete Christianity 77.00 % 2.00 %
 Portuguese 700 17,271,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 3.00 %
 Tetun 69,000 503,000 Tetun Christianity 99.00 % 3.00 %
Tetun Dili 430,000 430,000 Tetun Dili Christianity 98.00 % 2.50 %
Tokode 43,000 43,000 Tukudede Christianity 94.00 % 2.00 %
Waima'a, Waimaha 19,000 19,000 Waima'a Christianity 89.00 % 1.50 %
  Totals:  23 1,146,000       0   91.04 % 2.21 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 65,000              
  UN Country Population (2016) 1,211,000              
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Christianity  (Evangelical 2.2 %)
91.0 %
Ethnic Religions
8.6 %
0.1 %
0.2 %
0.0 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
0.0 %

0.0 %
0.5 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
4.4 %
Roman Catholic
94.4 %

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in East Timor. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in East Timor
  • Christian ministry in East Timor
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in East Timor or Southeast Asia. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

In East Timor Size
Baptist World Aid, Australia Small
LifeWind Medium
In Southeast Asia Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Asia Evangelistic Fellowship International Medium
Asian Outreach, U.S.A. Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
BMS World Mission Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Canadian Baptist International Ministries Medium
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Christian and Missionary Alliance Large
Christian Brethren Assemblies Large
Church Mission Society Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church Resource Ministries Medium
Church World Service Medium
CLC International Medium
Commission to Every Nation Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
Elim Fellowship Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Every Home for Christ Medium
Far East Broadcasting Company Medium
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Small
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Frontiers Medium
Galcom International Small
Global InterAction Medium
Global Recordings Network Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Gospel Fellowship Association Medium
Gospel Furthering Fellowship Small
InterAct - Evangeliska Frikyrkan Medium
InterComm Small
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students Large
International Street Kids Outreach Ministries Medium
Interserve Medium
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Medium
Iris Ministries, Inc. Medium
Lifewords (Scripture Gift Mission) Medium
Literacy and Evangelism International Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Mennonite Mission Network Medium
Mission Aviation Fellowship Medium
Mission Ministries Medium
Navigators, International Missions Group Medium
New Mission Systems International Medium
OC International Medium
OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) Large
Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Medium
Open Doors International Medium
Operation Mobilization Large
Partners in Asian Missions Medium
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Medium
Pioneers Medium
Reformed Baptist Mission Services Small
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) Medium
Team Expansion Medium
Tearfund Medium
Tentmakers International Small
The Leprosy Mission Medium
Trans World Radio Medium
UFM Worldwide Medium
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
World Harvest Now, Incorporated Small
World Horizons Medium
World Team Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Wycliffe Bible Translators Large
Young Life Medium
Youth for Christ International Large
Youth with a Mission Large
East Timor Statistics
People Groups 23
Unreached People Groups 0
Population 1,146,000
Population in Unreached 0  (0.0%)
Urbanization 32%
Continent Asia
Region Southeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TT
Official National Language Portuguese
Secondary National Language Tetun Dili
Literacy Rate 68%
Estimated Illiterate Population 367,000
Primary Religion Christianity
Percent Professing Christian 91.0%
Percent Evangelical 2.2%
Country Progress Level 4
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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