Okinawan, Ryukyuan in Bolivia


Population
2,300
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Ryukyuan are the indigenous peoples of the Ryukyu Islands. Traditionally, the people have a very tightly-knit family life and enjoy close personal friendships. They see themselves as bound together by their home island and, especially among older people, will always consider themselves from Ryukyuan first and Japan second. They are among the longest-lived people in the world. Native Uchina religion places strong emphasis upon the role of the women in the community, with women holding positions as shamans and guardians of the home. Most of the younger generation are not serious adherents of this religion anymore, but many older people try to teach about the old ways, including dances and the language.


Ministry Obstacles

The Ryukyuan people do not have a legacy of understanding the ways of God as revealed through Moses, the prophets, and Jesus Christ.


Outreach Ideas

The Ryukuyan are known as a peaceful people and have always considered the arts and music as more honorable than combat skills. Pray these peaceful people will welcome the good news of Jesus as it comes to them in various forms.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

A small number of the Ryukyuan people identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the people on the Ruykyuan islands to become aware of their need for forgiveness of sin, and that forgiveness has been provided through faith in the work of Christ on the cross.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Okinawan, Ryukyuan
People Name in Country Okinawan, Ryukyuan
Population in Bolivia 2,300
World Population 983,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Okinawan, Ryukyuan
People ID 11136
ROP3 Code 101932
Country Bolivia
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Bolivia
Region Central and South America
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Okinawan, Central (2,300 speakers)
Language Code ryu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Okinawan, Central
Primary Language Okinawan, Central (2,300 speakers)
Language Code ryu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Okinawan, Central

Primary Language:  Okinawan, Central

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1855-1858)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
98.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
Unknown
Hinduism
Unknown
Islam
Unknown
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Donna Arsenault 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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