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Hani People Group

Hani Women

Photo © 2007 byTakeaway *

Countries:  Vietnam and Laos

History:  The Hani originated in Tibet and moved down to southern China centuries ago.  It is important among the Hani to be able to trace their genealogy back to the progenitor of their race, Sm Mi O.

They have a legend that they once had a book that was written (on buffalo skin) in their own script by the Creator God, but they ate it during a long journey because they were hungry. So they lost the book.

Their Lives:  Most of the Hani live in small plaster houses.  Their villages have about 50-60 households.  They live in the mountains and farm in rice terraces on the slopes.  They use simple farm implements and water buffalo in their farming. 

Most of the Hani are patilineal – the line of descent is through the father.  The father is the head and he makes all of the decisions.  Young Hani men and women are allowed to choose their marriage partner, but with parental consent. Wedding rituals vary from district to district. However, it is customary for the husband to live in the wife's home for three to four years. 

Population:  Laos 1,600,  Vietnam — 20,000

    Laos – near the Laotian border with China.
Vietnam – near the northern border of Vietnam near China

Language:  Hani

Religion:  Ethnic religions.  They have three religious clergymen; one who directs all religious activities, one who performs magic rites and exorcisms’, and one who makes predictions and administers medicinal herbs.

Christian %:  
Laos – 0.0 % adherent and 0.0 % evangelical
Vietnam – 0.5 % adherent and 0.01 % evangelical

Scriptures:  No Bible translation, no scripture portions, no Jesus film, no Christian radio broadcasts.

Missionaries:  Some agencies have targeted the Hani in Vietnam and Laos for prayer  and are hoping to send workers as soon as possible.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send out laborers into his fields in Vietnam and  Laos.

  • Pray that the Hani will receive the Good News and accept Christ as their Savior.

  • Pray that the Bible will be translated into their own language so they can again possess the Word of the Creator God.

  • Pray that those few Hani believers will be shining lights to show their kinsmen the way to Jesus.

  • Pray that a way will open for missionaries to go to these people in Laos and Vietnam.

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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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