Walak in Indonesia

The Walak have only been reported in Indonesia
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

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."


What Are Their Lives Like?

They live mainly in rural areas of Papua New Guinea.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.


What Are Their Needs?

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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Walak in Indonesia.

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Walak
People Name in Country Walak
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 24,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Lower Pyramid
People ID 15834
ROP3 Code 110639
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Ilugwa, Wodo, Bugi, Mogonik, and Wurigelebut villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Indonesia
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Papua Province, Ilugwa, Wodo, Bugi, Mogonik, and Wurigelebut villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Walak (24,000 speakers)
Language Code wlw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Walak (24,000 speakers)
Language Code wlw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Walak

Primary Language:  Walak

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1979)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
60.00 %
Ethnic Religions
40.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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