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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Mokilese of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 475

ROP3 Code: 106725
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Micronesian
Language: Mokilese - (mkj)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: Micronesia

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Brief Profile

The Mokilese people originated from the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) in Asia Pacific. The Federated States of Micronesia is composed of the island states of Yap, Chuuk (Truk), Pohnpei (Ponape), and Kosrae, all in the Caroline Islands. The islands vary geologically from high mountainous islands to low coral atolls, with volcanic outcroppings on Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Chuuk.

FSM is home to several ethno-linguistic people groups: Yapese, Chamorro, Micronesian, Nukoro, Ponapean, Woleai-Ulithi, Kosraean, and Carolinian peoples. The Mokilese speak Mokilese along with being conversant in English.

The Mokilese should not be confused with the "cultural area" known as Micronesia, which is also home to the Guamian, Marshallese, Pulau, along with the people groups in the previous paragraph.

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Sharing food with another person is very significant in the Mokilese culture. It is one of the ways in which people express their love towards another. Thus, when a person shares his food with another person, it means at least two things: First, there is a relationship between the Mokilese and the other person; or, second, the Mokilese desires to be in relationship with the other person. This means that being in a genuine relationship with another person is not something that is in name only. A relationship is more than a title that is shared or exchanged with one another. True relationship is one that expressed with both one’s words and actions.

Mokilese people began encountering Christianity many years ago. As a result, a majority of Mokilese people are Roman Catholic while another percentage adhere to several different evangelical Protestant churches.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Mokilese Christians will boldly share the gospel with unreached Micronesian people.
  • Pray Mokilese will grow in their faith and be obedient to sharing the message of Christ cross-culturally with other unreached people groups.

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