Punan Tubu in Indonesia

Punan Tubu
Photo Source:  Anonymous 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Punan Tubu
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,700
World Population: 3,700
Primary Language: Punan Tubu
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 4.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.50 %
Scripture: Translation Started
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Borneo-Kalimantan
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
Progress Level:


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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

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 the Followers of Christ

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 Entire People Group

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.

Text Source:   Keith Carey