The Irumu people were introduced to Christianity by indigenous evangelists from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG (ELCPNG). Rudimentary but effective schools were established to teach education basics which introduced literacy effectively to the population. The Bible, liturgy and hymns were all introduced in a language not their own from the coast, but were embraced comprehensively.
The Irumu people are located at an elevation of 1000 metres in the foothills of the Sarawaged mountain range of the Morobe Province. The terrain is entirely mountainous.
The Irumu people live a subsistence life with vegetable gardens. The area is fertile and has good rainfall so food is plentiful. People hunt for wild pig and some pigs and chickens are cared for, but on the whole meat is not a large part of their diet. Houses are mostly of bush material but iron roofs for water collection are becoming more commonplace. Families have small solar systems for low-level lighting, and spotty mobile phone reception is available. There is a primary school in one of the villages and a number of children go on to secondary education away from their village. Infant mortality has improved over the years but the terrain, smokey houses and diet take their toll. Cash crops of coffee, peanuts and tobacco provide cash for schooling costs, and everyday rudimentary necessities.
The Irumu people are foundationally animist but Christianity has become 'cultural' and normative. A good proportion of the population attends church but seem to not understand the concept of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. 'Cargo Cult' thinking where manipulation of spiritual forces, or even God in order to find the good life is a background noise in the life of many people. This has the effect of people feeling that God is holding out on them but seems to bless Westerners, for instance, because they have discovered the secret to blessing.
Pray for a renewed uptake in reading of or listening to the transated Irumu Scriptures. Pray for the encouragement of those who love Jesus Christ and seek to follow him. Pray for Jesus Christ loving pastors. Pray for many Irumu people to give their true alleigance to Jesus Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Irumu in Papua New Guinea.
|Profile Source: Ross Webb|
|People Name General||Irumu|
|People Name in Country||Irumu|
|Population this Country||2,100|
|Population all Countries||2,100|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||5 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Upper Irumu|
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||Australia and Pacific|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Morobe province: Kaiapit district, Wantoat subdistrict. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Tuma-Irumu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1997-2015)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|Mobile App||Bible app direct APK download||SIL|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Tuma-Irumu||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|
|Text / Printed Matter||Scripture text - download||PNG Bible Translation Association|