The Tubu are one of the Punan peoples of Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the huge island of Borneo. There are about 20 Punan tribes, and they are not always related by culture or language. The Tubu Punan made their living through growing crops, fishing and hunting wild boars. Since the 1980s many of their youths have migrated to urban centers in Indonesia and Malaysia in search of a better life.
The Tubu Punan people have their own culture and religion, and it is being threatened by the outside world. Those within their community are likely to see anyone who embraced another "religion" as a traitor, which is why we need to take Christ to them, not religion.
Gospel Recording Network (GRN) has produced short gospel messages in their language. These can be distributed to the Tubu people by those willing to search for them. There are also some Tubu Punan people who have embraced Christ who can take Christ to their neighbors, friends and family members.
Pray for Tubu Punan believers to have the willingness to put their faith in the God of the universe instead of traditional gods like Natala. Pray that God will honor their faith, answer their prayers and use these believers to spread faith in Him to others.
Pray for the Tubu Punan people to have the chance to hear and respond to the God of heaven. Pray for many to come together to be discipled in His ways. Pray for a disciple-making movement to spread throughout the Punan communities.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Punan Tubu|
|People Name in Country||Punan Tubu|
|Population in Indonesia||3,600|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Kalimantan Timur Province; Malinau, Mentarang, and Sembakung river areas. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Punan Tubu (3,600 speakers)|
|Language Code||puj Ethnologue Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Punan Tubu|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|