People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Polynesian of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 14,860

ROP3 Code: 108102
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Pacific Islanders
People Cluster: Polynesian
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin:

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Majority Located Where

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 215

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 100

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Brief Profile

The Polynesian people constitute are an ethno-geographical peoples predominantly originating from several Polynesian countries including American Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, and New Zealand, to name a few.

As an ethno-geographical people, Polynesia is not a country, but instead a "culture area." A culture area is a term used by anthropologists to refer to a geographical region where people share many of the same traits. These traits include family structure, marriage rules, organization of society, and ways of gaining survival needs or making a living. Polynesia itself is part of a larger culture area called Oceania that includes Melanesia, Polynesia, Micronesia, and Australia.

Many languages are spoken in the geographical Polynesia area. With this in mind, Polynesian people in North America speak a variety of languages along with being conversant in English.

Historically, Polynesians had a strong orientation to ancestors and the past with ancestral ghosts and other spirits participating in everyday social life. Human effort in the uncertain projects of war, food production, and the pursuit of prestige was thought to succeed only when complemented by support from invisible beings and forces, which were manipulated by magical formulas and elicited through prayer and sacrifice.

In essence, religion and magic were not clearly distinguishable and pervaded every aspect of everyday life.

Christianity has a long history among Polynesians. As a result, a majority of Polynesian people are Anglican while another percentage, over 10 percent, adhere to several different evangelical Protestant churches.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Polynesian Christians will grow strong in their faith and have boldness in sharing their faith with unreached people groups.
  • Pray Christians will come alongside Polynesian Christians to cast vision of the Great Commission.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Online Talking Bible - English
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaPort MoodyVancouver (Surrey)BC215
United StatesAledoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX100