Wampur speakers live in Wampul and Mirir villages along the Wanton River in Morobe Province, near the Eastern Highlands border. A few people live to the south in the Waffa-speaking village of Aringon.
Wampur speakers are trilingual. The Wampur language is preferred for face-to-face communication by all generations in most domains of village life, but they can also speak Tok Pisin and Adzera. Adzera is the language of the neighboring tribe. Sadly the Wampur literacy rate is only 43 per cent for men and just 15 per cent for women. Similarly, the adult literacy in Tok Pisin is only 30 per cent.
These are Christians who need access to a complete Bible, and the ability to read it.
The people are very isolated and with few services. It is a long walk to the Highlands Highway that connects their district to Lae, the capital city of Morobe Province. Pray for their wellbeing.
Pray for education opportunities and for access to audio scriptures.
The Global Recordings Network has recorded some online Bible teaching in Wampur.
Pray that some might be able to get internet access to this recording.
Ask God for workers to bring his word to the Wampur people, and that the Wampur speakers will desire to have God's word. Perhaps a translation could be adapted in part from the existing Adzera New Testament?
Scripture Prayers for the Wampur in Papua New Guinea.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Wampur|
|People Name in Country||Wampur|
|Population this Country||500|
|Population all Countries||500|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||Australia and Pacific|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Morobe province: Wanton river, Mirir and Wampur villages (Holzknecht 1989); some in Aringon village of Waffa [waj] language group. Source: Ethnologue 2016|