Photo 2009 by Thomas Schoch *
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 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.
Location:The Chaungtha people of Myanmar are one
of the many hill tribes living in
central Myanmar around the area of
The Chaungtha language is close to
Burmese. They use
the Burmese script in
The Chaungtha are primarily Therevada
Buddhists, but there is mixing with
0.1 % adherent and 0.07 % evangelical
in their own language. No Jesus film or Christian Radio
Very few if any working among the hill
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
that will lead to redemptive
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
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