"The Young Lady" 2010 by Damien
Halleux Radermecker *
Countries: Myanmar, Laos and Thailand
Myanmar – 4,084,000.
Laos – 47,600.
In Myanmar most of the Shan live in Shan
State. In Thailand
they live mostly in the north, west of Chiangmai and near the
The Shan migrated south from China in
the twelfth century and established three small states in
Myanmar. Myanmar has
a long history of coups, wars, and rebellions. Ethnic divisions
and political unrest have been common since the first Burman
kingdom in the eleventh century. Today, the Shan have their own
army who fight against the current Burmese military regime. The
Burmese military forcibly maintains control over the country's
various ethnic groups, especially the Shan, who wish to have
equal importance in government and commerce. As civil war
divides families, many sons have died fighting against the
Burmese government or have joined the secessionist Shan State
Army. Many of the
Shan have fled to Thailand.
Most of them are not there legally so they live in the
mountains and other areas away from the main roads.
In Myanmar –
0.9 % adherent and 0.7 % evangelical
In Thailand - < 5.0 % adherent and 0.001
In Laos – 0.0 % adherent and 0.0 %
A new translation of the New Testament
has been completed and a new translation of the Old Testament is
in process now.
Other resources are available.
There are mission groups working to
reach the Shan in Burma and in Thailand.
SEAMIST is working to reach the Shan in Thailand.
The Shan are farmers.
Rice is their main crop but they also grow tea, soybeans,
peanuts, coffee and cotton.
The farmers also raise cattle and buffalo that they use
in their farming.
They live in villages of 10 to 100 homes along a road or
marriages are monogamous and of mutual consent.
The newly married couple lives with the bride’s family
for 2-3 years until they get their own house.
Some Shan are wholesalers and retailers of domestic
community, which elects a single headman, is accounted for in
the national census as a territorial unit and accessed taxes.
For the common citizen, the government is one of five
traditional enemies along with fire, famine, flood, and plague.
Pray for financial support for the missionaries waiting
to go to the Shan in Thailand.
Pray that the Shan that are hidden can be reached with
Pray that the Lord will lead the SEAMIST team as they
spread out to reach more Shan people.
Pray that the hearts of the Shan will be ready to
receive the Lord.
Pray that the Lord will pour out his Holy Spirit among
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