Yaben speakers live about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northwest of Madang, the provincial capital. Yaben is a tonal language, one of eight tonal languages spoken in Papua New Guinea. The language is used for face-to-face communication by all generations, but they have no scripture in their language.
Coconut and cocoa are the main cash crops where the Yaben live. They sell betelnut, food crops and livestock for cash. Most likely some Yaben people participate in these activities.
A high percentage of the Yaben people identify as Christian. Think how much deeper their faith would be if they had the complete Bible and audio materials!
Literacy rates are low. Around one in four males and one in five females can read and comprehend.
Pray for greater education opportunities.
Pray also for an audio version of the scriptures that all Yaben people can access, even if they cannot read.
Ask the Lord of the harvest to compel workers to assist the Yaben people to translate the scriptures into their heart language.
Pray for their economic and physical wellbeing.
Scripture Prayers for the Yaben in Papua New Guinea.
Wycliffe Bible Translators
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Yaben|
|People Name in Country||Yaben|
|Population this Country||2,300|
|Population all Countries||2,300|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||5 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Region||Australia and Pacific|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Madang province: 65 km northwest of Madang. Source: Ethnologue 2016|