Kosraen in United States

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Introduction / History

Kosrae is a volcanic island within the Federated States of Micronesia. The island’s official language is Kosraean, but English is also prevalent.

Because of Spanish colonization, the island was reported to have a majority Christian following by the 1800s. In the 1930s, Kosrae was unofficially governed by local missionaries. After a long history of European colonization, the United State’s 1945 takeover made the island part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

Family is a key aspect of Micronesian culture. Food and feasts have been integral to life on Kosrae. Breadfruit, coconut, banana, taro, yam, and sugarcane are all traditional foods. “Fahfah,” a food prepared by trained men, is one of several Kosraean feast foods. This tradition survives to the present.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In 1986, the Compact of Free Association granted residents of the Federal States of Micronesia rights to permanently dwell in the U.S. Despite this, Micronesians have been described as a “hidden minority,” with many American citizens unaware of the islanders’ presence in the states. Many come to the US for education, as well as economic opportunities. Language differences are a barrier for many Micronesians. Because of the public school system, younger generations do not face this difficulty to the degree of their predecessors. However, basic necessities are still an imminent need for most immigrants.

Those who come to the US through the Compact of Free Association have a higher per capita rate of military service than U.S. citizens. Those from the Federated States of Micronesia serve at nearly double the per capita rate. Additionally, Micronesians tend to be hired in more entry-level jobs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Micronesian Americans are mostly Protestant. Protestant church services, which have long been a part of Kosrae tradition, now preserve Micronesian culture for immigrants. Churches are also commonplace for assimilation outreaches, uniting Micronesians in a new and confusing environment. A minority also practice Catholicism.

What Are Their Needs?

Adaptation to a completely new culture is challenging; even conceptions of time can be cultural barriers. Cultural clashes can be a significant hurdle for immigrants seeking better opportunities within the United States.

Prayer Points

Ask God to enable the Kosrae people to faithfully follow Jesus and make disciples.

Pray for workers to be sent into the harvest, sharing the gospel in a culturally relevant way.

Pray for believers among the Kosrae to take the gospel to the unreached in Micronesia.

Ask God to protect this people group from false doctrine.

Pray for unity among believers, as well as a commitment to biblical truth.

Scripture Prayers for the Kosraen in United States.






Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kosraen
People Name in Country Kosraen
Alternate Names Kusaie; Kusaiean
Population this Country 700
Population all Countries 7,300
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12811
ROP3 Code 105256
ROP25 Code 304236
ROP25 Name Kosraen
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country California, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
60.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
40.00 %
Other / Small
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0.00 %
Primary Language Kosraean (700 speakers)
Language Code kos   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kosraean (700 speakers)
Language Code kos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kosraean

Primary Language:  Kosraean

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1863-1876)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (1928-1973)
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Kosraean YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Kosraean YouVersion Bibles
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Photo Source Christian Jung 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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