Aramba, Serki in Papua New Guinea

The Aramba, Serki have only been reported in Papua New Guinea
Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Scattered over low, flat land in the far southwest of Papua New Guinea, roughly 4,500 people living in 30 villages and hamlets make up the West Morehead community. Vast grasslands interlace with stretches of forest between the town of Morehead in the east and the Indonesian border in the west. This beautiful land is rich in wildlife and distinctive for its forests, which are two-toned by the watermark of seasonal flooding. Wild game is plentiful and a valuable source of income for the people that live here.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Much of the area is flooded from January to June, but in the dry season, it is possible for residents to travel on foot, by bicycle or on motorbikes. Ease of travel facilitates a community-wide sense of solidarity and familiarity. The many different languages are related and people find it easy to learn one another's and often learn three or four different ones.

Every village has at least one church, and some concerns are shared by pastors and members across denominations in the area. One concern is that there is no place for people to buy Bibles. The church leaders who have Bibles have to rely on English translations. Only one language in the area has a translation but the Arammba New Testament has not yet been published. Sadly, Arammba is hardest to understand for speakers of the other languages in the area. Although English is used in the area and taught in schools, most people's English ability prevents them from understanding English Bibles.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Church members find it easy to fear the power of sorcerers, whom they know about, but hard to trust the power of God, whom they don't feel they know well. Pastors say that it is hard to help people know the power of Christ in their daily lives.

What Are Their Needs?

Recently, mobile phone towers were constructed in the area and many leaders are excited about the prospects of West Morehead being less isolated in the future than it has been in the past.

Prayer Points

For workers to help volunteers to continue to produce language materials
For unity, grace and forgiveness between church denominations
That people would truly know freedom from the fear of sorcery
That resources, particularly people, would be provided for a project to involve all the communities in Bible translation
For a deeper hunger to know Jesus and his power

Scripture Prayers for the Aramba, Serki in Papua New Guinea.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Aramba
People Name in Country Aramba, Serki
Alternate Names Serki; Upper Morehead
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 900
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 10400
ROP3 Code 100457
ROP25 Code 300458
ROP25 Name Aramba (Serki)
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western province: Morehead subprovince, southwest of Suki.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Papua New Guinea
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Western province: Morehead subprovince, southwest of Suki..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 8.00 %)
35.00 %
Ethnic Religions
65.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Aramba (900 speakers)
Language Code stk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Aramba (900 speakers)
Language Code stk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Aramba

Primary Language:  Aramba

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1997-2008)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arammba Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous 
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