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Chaungtha People Group

Boy Monks In Mandalay

Photo 2009 by Thomas Schoch *

Country:  Myanmar

History:  Myanmar has always been somewhat isolated due to its location and the independence of its people.  It has a long history of wars, government changes and coups.  The country still suffers from unrest and frequent battles.  As the Burmese government and army has gained strong control over the central parts of Myanmar, the Chaungtha have increasingly claimed to be Burmese to avoid trouble.

Their Lives:  Their primary occupations are rice farming and agricultural related businesses, but they grow other crops too, such as cotton, tobacco and opium.  Although Chaungtha means "people of the valley" they live in the mountains.  Perhaps they got the name because they congregate near the streams and rivers in the valleys. 

It is common for Chaungtha people to live in big extended family dwellings.  Their tight family clans are becoming strong communities.  The tribes are patrilineal – the line of decent is traced through the men.  There are some inter-tribal marriages but most marriages are within the tribe.

There is strong resistance to the gospel.

Population:  164,000

Location:The Chaungtha people of Myanmar are one of the many hill tribes living in central Myanmar around the area of Mandalay. 

Language:  The Chaungtha language is close to Burmese.  They use the Burmese script in their writing.

Religion:  The Chaungtha are primarily Therevada Buddhists, but there is mixing with traditional religion. 

Christian %:  0.1 % adherent and 0.07 % evangelical

Scriptures:  None in their own language. No Jesus film or Christian Radio Broadcasts.

Missionaries:  Very few if any working among the hill tribes.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray for a good people survey to be completed soon. 

  • Pray for more church planters that can go to this area and start churches.

  • Pray for divine connections between Christians and Chaungtha people that will lead to redemptive relationships. 

  • Pray for wisdom for the bearers of the gospel.  Pray they will be able to communicate effectively the words of life. 

  • Pray for a Holy Spirit outpouring over the whole area around Mandalay.

 * Image License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license 3.0 Unported 

Who?  What? Where?

"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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