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2009People and Language Detail ProfileLanguage NameWagiISO Language CodeThe Wagi of Papua New GuineaThe Wagi people are standing at the edge between their traditional culture and the encroaching urban

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Profile Year: 2009 People and Language Detail Profile Language Name: Wagi ISO Language Code: The Wagi of Papua New Guinea The Wagi people are standing at the edge between their traditional culture and the encroaching urban Papua New Guinean culture. Five Wagi villages sit only a short distance from one of Papua New Guinea’s largest urban centers, Madang. Many Wagi people travel to Madang regularly in PMVs (public motor vehicles), to work, shop, The influence of urban culture is evident in the Wagi area. While most homes are made with traditional materials, such as bamboo and sago leaves, some are made with sawn lumber and metal roofs on a concrete foundation. Everyone wears western - style clothes most of which are purchased at secondhand shops in Madang. Wagi people eat mostly food grown in their gardens, like taro, greens, their diet with food from town, like rice, noodles, and tinned meat. Christianity first entered the Wagi area around 1910, when some Wagi men traveled to a Lutheran mission station in a neighboring language, became Christians, and returned to share the good news with their own people. Even though there are now fourteen churches in the area, many people don’t have a true understanding of the gospel. to translate the Bible. Unfortunately, they left only a short time later because of illness, and the work stopped. However, in 2008, three Wagi men restarted the translation work and have already revised and distributed some Scripture portions done by the original translator. Primary Religion: Christianity Disciples (Matt 28:19)

2 : 15% __________________________
: 15% ____________________________________________________________ Churches: 14 _____________________________________________________________ Scripture Status (Matt 28:20): ____________________________________________________________ Population (date): 4296 (2002) ____________________________________________________________ The Wagi of Papua New Guinea _______________________________________ Have They Heard The Gospel? Call Themselves Christian 95% Comment In three of the five villages, church leaders said everyone calls themselves Christians. Church leaders in the other two villages said that most people there call themselves Christians . Believe In Jesus As God And Only Savior 15% Comment 771 of 4296 (18%) regularly attend church. Assuming about 75% of these are "active," the number is slightly less than 15%. Believe Jesus Is A Prophet, Good Man But Not the Only Savior 2% Comment The Bah' faith has a congregation in one village. The number of adherents is unknown, but assumed to be less than 10. Have Not Heard Who Jesus is 0% Attitude to Christianity Somewhat receptive Attitude to Religious Change Somewhat receptive How Have They Responded To The Gospel? Most people call themselves Christians, but less than 20% regularly attend church and even less show evidence of a true understanding of the gosp

3 el. Number Of Pastors 8
el. Number Of Pastors 8 Comment Some churches do not have a pastor locally, but are run by elders. There are approximately 48 church leaders total (pastors, elders and others) in the area . Number Of Churches 14 Comment Representing 6 different denominations Number Of Communities 5 History of Christianity By Whom Some Wagi men traveled to a Lutheran mission station in a neighboring language and were converted to Christianity. In the late 1910s, they brought the gospel back to the Wagi area and began churches. Is The Word Of God Translated? Translation of some Scripture portions is in progress. Luke, Ruth and Jonah have been translated and are being checked and revised. Some copies of these books have been distributed to Wagi church leaders. Hindrances to Scripture Distribution Wagi has two dialects. Some speakers feel that the translation may not sound natural if it is done in the other dialect. The Wagi of Papua New Guinea___________________________________________ Group Description Geography & Environment The Wagi people live in low, jungle - covered hills close to the coast. Literacy Adult Literacy Percentage 86% Percent Literate for Men 88% Percent Literate for Women 83% Active Literacy Program No Economics Subsistence Type Swidden agriculturalists; th

4 ey clear and burn areas of the
ey clear and burn areas of the jungle on which they grow their own food. Their diet is also supplemented with processed food purchased in Madang Occupation Mainly subsistence; some people have jobs in Madang. Income Sources Selling produce and crafts at the market; jobs in town . Products / Crafts Traditional string bags and wooden drums Modernization / Utilities The Wagi area is located close to Madang town, so people have access to a variety of modern items. Many people have metal tools and knives, gas lanterns, cell phones, flashlights, and radios. Some people also have televisions, computers, digital cameras, generators, and vehicles. Some people in Mis village have town water and electricity. About 25% of the homes in Foran village have town electricity. In other villages, a few people have generators. Community Development Health Care Good Comment The Wagi area is close enough to Madang that people use town health facilities, like the Madang hospital. Diet Good Comment People are able to grow a variety of foods, including taro, corn, green vegetables, and fruits. They also raise chickens and pigs and some people fish. A wide variety of processed food is also available for purchase in town. Water Fair Comment Some people have tanks for collecting rain water, othe

5 rs get water from streams, w
rs get water from streams, which may be of questionable quality. The Wagi of Papua New Guinea___________________________________________ Shelter Description Traditional bamboo and sago palm leaf houses on stilts; some homes are built with sawn lumber, nails, and metal roofs. Electricity About 25% of the homes in Foran village have town electricity. In other villages, a few people have generators. . Clothing People wear western - style clothing, most of is purchased at second - hand stores in Madang. Transportation Walking. Public motor vehicles are available throughout the area for transportation between villages and to Madang. A few people own personal vehicles . Infant Mortality Rate 5% Life Expectancy 66 Community Development Comment The infant mortality rate and life expectancy are national averages. It is not known whether Wagi figures are higher or lower. Society & Culture Family Structures Patrilineal. Social Habits/Groupings The Wagi area includes five villages, each of which are composed of a number of hamlets and areas of cultivated and uncultivated land. Each village is composed of two or more clans, which are unique to that village. Each clan has one or two leaders who are recognized for their ability to bring about consensus among the clan and with outsiders. . Cultural Change Pace Medium Commen

6 t We were only in the Wagi area
t We were only in the Wagi area for a week, so we could not observe change in progress, but the culture has changed quite a bit from its traditional origins, so it will likely continue to change. Attitude to Change Very receptive Attitude to Outsiders. Very receptive Education Primary Schools 5 Comment One is a community school. There are also two kindergartens and four elementary schools. Total Number of Teachers 42 Comment For kindergartens, and elementary and primary schools Language of Instruction Early Years Tok Pisin, English and some Wagi Language of Textbook Early Years English and Tok Pisin The Wagi of Papua New Guinea____________________________________________ Language of Instruction Later Years English and some Tok Pisin Language of Textbook Later Years English Comment Some schools do not have textbooks . Number of Schools Greater Than 90 % Homogeneous 6 Comment There are eleven schools total in the area. The Wagi of Papua New Guinea____________________________________________ Status of Christianity Religion Population Religion 1 The Bah' faith recently started a congregation in Kauris village. It is not known how many people attend. Missions and Churches Organization 1 Evangelical Lutheran Church Main Ministry Other/C

7 hurch Year Started 1920 Numb
hurch Year Started 1920 Number of Adherents 360 (estimate) Number of Congregations 5 Number of National Workers 1 Number of Local Workers 14 Language Used by Workers Tok Pisin and a little Wagi Organization 2 Four Square Church Main Ministry Other/Church Year Started 1980 Number of Adherents 210 (estimate) Number of Congregations 4 Number of Local Workers 164 Language Used by Workers Tok Pisin and a little Wagi Organization 3 Seventh Day Adventist Church Main Ministry Other/Church Year Started 1982 Number of Adherents 120 (estimate) Number of Congregations 2 Number of Local Workers 8 Language Used by Workers Tok Pisin and a little Wagi The Wagi of Papua New Guinea___________________________________________ Organization 4 Christian Outreach Center Main Ministry Other/Church Year Started 1997 Number of Adherents 25 Number of Congregations 1 Number of Local Workers 3 Language Used by Workers Tok Pisin and a little Wagi Organization 5 Lutheran Renewal Church Main Ministry Other/Church Year Started 2007 Number of Adherents 40 Number of Congregations 1 Number of Local Workers 5 Language Used by Workers Tok Pisin Organization 6 Christ’s Ambassadors Main Ministry Other/Church Year Started 1997 Number of Adherents 40 Number of Congregations 1 Number of National Workers 1 Language Used by Workers Tok Pisi