Baelelea in Solomon Islands

Joshua Project has identified the Baelelea only in Solomon Islands
Population
13,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Most Baelelea people on the northern end of Malaita Island in the Solomons consider themselves Christians. Christian workers first arrived here in the early 1900s, but today Baelelea believers still keep rules and perform rituals — some of them church-related — to try to please God and earn His favor.

These kinds of performance-based teachings stem from a deep animistic root in which people seek to appease and manipulate ancestors and other spirits. The New Testament in their mother tongue will help believers understand who God is and what Christ did. Then they will be able to recognize and stand strong against false teaching.

Many of the Baelelea families make their living through farming or fishing. But the national economy is weak. School fees are a heavy burden on most parents. Communities also need basic health services.

Young people often leave home to study in the city for high school. But after they've graduated, most can't find jobs in the tight city markets and don't want to return home to the rural occupations of their parents. This dilemma is creating a jobless generation.

Several local denominations currently use published Bible portions in North Malaita. As the New Testament is finalized, the teams will focus on distribution of the printed text, oral readings, audio recordings and literacy initiatives.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Baelelea
People Name in Country Baelelea
Population in Solomon Islands 13,000
World Population 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 5
Alternate Names Mbaelelea
People ID 10552
ROP3 Code 100726
Country Solomon Islands
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Malaita province: north Malaita island.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Solomon Islands
Region South Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Malaita province: north Malaita island..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Baelelea (13,000 speakers)
Language Code bvc   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Baelelea
Primary Language Baelelea (13,000 speakers)
Language Code bvc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Baelelea

Primary Language:  Baelelea

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes   (2014)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
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)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Anglican
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 36.00 %)
99.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
60.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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