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Burmese People Group

Burmese Girl Painted With Thinaka

“Burmese Girl Painted With Thinaka” 2005 by Serinde *

Country:  Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand

History:  The Burmese are originally from the hills of Tibet in China.  The Burmese are the political, economic and religions leaders of Myanmar.  It has had a long history of coups, wars and rebellions.  Many Burmese have fled to Thailand and Malaysia in hopes of finding a more peaceful climate.  However, since Thailand has its own problems with government and civil unrest the Burmese have only added to the burden and they still do not have peace.  Those who fled to Malaysia found they had to compete with the Indians and Chinese and some of them even became Muslim in order to find favor with the local leaders.  In order to own land they must be Malaysian and to become Malaysian  they must speak one of  the Malaysian languages and be a Muslim.

Their Lives:  Rice is the basic means of support for the Burmese family; they eat it and they sell it.  The whole family works in the rice fields.  In Thailand they also deal some in lumber and along the coast they fish.  In Myanmar their homes are made of wood and are usually only one room.  In Thailand, the house depends on the wealth of the individual.  The Burmese do not recognize clans or lineages.  They select their own marriage partner and are monogamous.  The couple usually lives with the bride’s family for 2-3 years before moving out on their own.  They are predominantly Buddhist, but they also have some animistic beliefs.  They believe that inanimate objects have spirits.  They believe in evil spirits called nats.  They spend their lives trying to appease the nats so that they will be protected from any other evil spirit that might try to harm them.  They are trying to achieve nivana.  They don’t believe that death is a threat to someone who has done good deeds.

Population:  Total: 27,036,000.  Myanmar: 26,937,000.  Thailand: 72,000.  Malaysia: 27,000.

Location:  The Burmese inhabit the central delta plain in Myanmar.  In Thailand they are mostly located in the northwest near the Myanmar border.  In Malaysia they seem to be located mostly in or near the port of Malacca.

Language:  Burmese

Religion:  Buddhism

Christian %:  

Myanmar: adherent: 0.35%, evangelical: 0.07%                                                          Thailand: adherent: 0.1 %, evangelical: 0.08%  
Malaysia: adherent: <5.0%, evangelical: 0.17%

Scriptures:  They have a Bible and the Jesus film.

Missionaries:  There are mission organizations working among the Burmese.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for more missionaries to go to Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand  to take the Good News to the Burmese.

  • Pray that those Christians living close to the Burmese will have a love and burden for these people.  Pray that the Lord will give them wisdom in reaching out to these people.

  • Pray that in the turmoil and unrest in their lives that they will cry out to God.

  • Pray that God will pour out his Spirit in Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand.

* Image is in the public domain  

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"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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