Sepik Partnership and Engagement Strategy’s 100+ Bibleless Languages

The nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is home to over 800 languages as stated in the Ethnologue, a database of the 6,909 living languages of the world (www.ethnologue.com). The Sepik Partnership and Engagement Strategy (SPES) is an SIL project operating in PNG. SIL International is a faith-based nongovernmental organization, which focuses on language development needs of minority languages all over the world.

In the East Sepik and Sandaun provinces, over one hundred languages are without any translated portion of Scripture. East Sepik has 44 while the Sandaun, which lies right next to Indonesia has 57. There may well be other undiscovered languages. Out of the seven languages SPES has visited so far, two were not known to SPES and therefore added to the number of Bibleless languages on SPES’ list.

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This is a map showing the number of known Bibleless languages in the East Sepik and Sandaun provinces.

The names of the 100+ Bibleless languages on SPES' list.

The names of the 100+ Bibleless languages on SPES’ list.

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