Walak is a greeting or a word meaning "thank you" as well as a language and a tribal name. The Walak people have been living in New Guinea Island since their ancestors moved from the African continent thousands of years ago. This tribe is called the Balim people by outsiders, because they lived in the Balim Valley and the Mamberamo area near the Kadi River in the Lake Arcbold area. They have a similar culture to the Dani People made famous by Don Richardson’s book, "Peace Child."
They live mainly in rural areas of Papua New Guinea.
They became Christians starting in the early 1960s largely from the efforts of Australians missionaries from the United Family Mission (UFMA). They believe in one God and Jesus Christ as Lord. Today, the Presbyterian and Roman Catholic Churches are strong among them. They are officially Christian, but they always face the temptation to revert to the old gods.
The Walak people used to read from the Dani language Bible, but now they have their own New Testament. They still need the Old Testament in their language to understand why they must remain faithful to the God of the Bible.
Pray for accuracy in Bible translation, and it will help them to remain true to Jehovah Jireh, their provider. Pray that Walak believers will be used by God to take Christ to unreached people groups in their region. Pray for the Lord to bring about a revival that will give them the willingness to follow Christ wherever He leads them.
Scripture Prayers for the Walak in Indonesia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Walak|
|People Name in Country||Walak|
|Population this Country||24,000|
|Population all Countries||24,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||6 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Alternate Names||Lower Pyramid|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||28 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Papua Province, Ilugwa, Wodo, Bugi, Mogonik, and Wurigelebut villages. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Walak
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2019)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Walak|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 6.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|