Bulgebi in Papua New Guinea

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People Name: Bulgebi
Country: Papua New Guinea
10/40 Window: No
Population: 200
World Population: 200
Primary Language: Gamane
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 100.00 %
Evangelicals: 21.00 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
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Introduction / History

The Bulgebi language group has one of the smallest populations in Papua New Guinea. Yet they continue to hold on strongly to their traditional language and culture. The community makes a concerted effort to teach their children to speak their language of Gamane as well as the neighboring language of Nankina before they learn Tok Pisin. All generations use the traditional Gamane language as their primary language. Many can also speak Nankina and Tok Pisin.
The neighboring language group of Nankina lies immediately south of Bulgebi land. Thank God that there are portions of the Bible in Nankina, which were originally translated around 1990, and that many Bulgebi people speak Nankina. This gives the Bulgebi people some access to God's word.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Literacy rates among the Nankina are also reasonably high for the province. Almost half the population can read and comprehend Tok Pisin and some also read their own language of Nankina. Could it be God's plan to raise up some from the Nankina or from the Bulgebi to finish the work of translating his Word into the Nankina and Bulgebi languages?

What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all the people from this tiny tribe are Christians.

What Are Their Needs?

The Bulgebi people need both written and audio gospel materials. They need discipleship materials in their own language.

Prayer Points

Pray for God's strategies and God's handpicked workers to finish the task.
Pray that the Bulgebi (and their neighbors, the Nankina) people embrace God's word with all their hearts and obey, becoming followers of Jesus who multiply by leading others to also follow Jesus.

Text Source:   Joshua Project