Tai Nua, Chinese Shan of China
The Tai Nua are historically part of the great Tai race of Asia, which dispersed during the past millennia to now inhabit parts of China, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, and, of course, Thailand. After a Tai Nua wedding ceremony the bridegroom goes to live with his bride's family. Traditionally he must take with him gifts of tea, rice, meat, bananas, four eggs, and two salted fish for his new in-laws. Upon arrival, the village elder takes the packets of tea and rice out to the road and calls on the spirits of heaven and earth to witness the marriage. He then ties a white thread seven times around the wrist of the bride and once around the wrist of the groom to indicate their unbreakable commitment to each other. Although they are nominally Theravada Buddhists, the Tai Nua have many aspects of animism and polytheism mixed into their beliefs.
Buddhists typically have little awareness of their own sin and their need for forgiveness.
Please pray that some Han Chinese Christians will be given an interest in telling the Tai Nua about the Savior, Jesus Christ. Pray they will commit to seeing real disciples of Christ produced.
Pray for the followers of Christ
There may be a few Christians among the Tai Nua. Please pray these and others who will soon join them will learn to live lives of thanksgiving and praise and will be faithful in prayer.
Pray for the entire people group
Pray the Buddhist and animist Tai Nua tribe will be given a growing desire for a Savior from sin. If they have this desire, learning of Jesus the Savior will be good news indeed.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14
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