Romkun in Papua New Guinea

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People Name: Romkun
Country: Papua New Guinea
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,200
World Population: 1,200
Primary Language: Romkun
Primary Religion: Christianity
Christian Adherents: 90.00 %
Evangelicals: 15.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: New Guinea
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
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Introduction / History

Romkun is the language of seven villages along the Ramu river on the western border of Madang Province. A 2003 report by SIL International states found 630 speakers of Romkun, while a 2001 report by Ausaid says that there are twice that many. Although there is no consensus on the number of speakers, it is certain that there is no Bible in this language. This is despite the fact that 90 percent of the population claims to be Christian.

What Are Their Lives Like?

They grow fruit, green vegetables, bananas, taro and sweet potatoes when they can. However, their land is often prone to flooding, which destroys gardens and homes. Pray that they know God as their strength and provider. They are also a long way from health and other services. As a result, literacy is very low in this area, perhaps less than 10 percent.

What Are Their Beliefs?

A very high percentage of the Romkun people profess Christ. They would understand their faith far better if they had a complete Bible and audio materials.

What Are Their Needs?

God grieves that his people cannot connect well with him because they don't have his word in a language that they understand well! Please pray to remove this barrier.

Prayer Points

Pray for audio scriptures and pray for better educational opportunities.
Ask the Lord of the harvest to thrust out workers into his harvest field of Romkun and bring the Bible in a language that they understand.
Pray for the health and wellbeing of the Romkun people. Sago is a staple of the Ramu River peoples.

Text Source:   Joshua Project