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Shan People Group

"The Young Lady"

"The Young Lady" 2010 by Damien Halleux Radermecker *

Countries:  Myanmar, Laos and Thailand

Population:  Myanmar – 4,084,000.  Laos – 47,600.  Thailand  - 99,000

Language:  Shan

Location:  In Myanmar most of the Shan live in Shan State.  In Thailand they live mostly in the north, west of Chiangmai and near the northwestern border.

History:  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.

Religion:  Buddhist

Christian %:
    In Myanmar – 0.9 % adherent and 0.7 % evangelical
In Thailand - < 5.0 % adherent and 0.001 % evangelical
In Laos – 0.0 % adherent and 0.0 % evangelical

Scriptures:  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.

Missionaries:  There are mission groups working to reach the Shan in Burma and in Thailand.  SEAMIST is working to reach the Shan in Thailand.

Their Lives:  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 riverbank.  Their 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 goods.  The 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.

Prayer Points

  • 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 the Gospel.

  • 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 the Shan.

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

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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