The Amio-Gelimi people live along the rural, isolated south coast of New Britain Island. The Catholic Church was established in the area before World War II, and remains a strongly Catholic area.
In 2005, many people left the church and joined a religious movement which is a combination of traditional beliefs and Eastern spirituality. The leader of this group traveled to Asia to attend a course and then came back to teach his beliefs to people. At the time of the survey, four years later, almost everyone had abandoned this traditional group, but only some had returned to the church. Pray for wisdom for the church leaders and for God to draw the Amio-Gelimi people back to himself.
The Amio-Gelimi language is very strong, with people of all ages using it their everyday lives, however there are no Scriptures in the Amio-Gelimi language, so people cannot understand God's word well.
Church and community leaders see a need for vernacular Scriptures and would be willing to support a translation project. Even though there are people who would make good translators, they need outside assistance to get the resources and training necessary to make them successful. Pray that God will provide the people and resources the Amio-Gelimi people need to translate God's word into their language.
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