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Burmese in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
600 Burmese Buddhism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Burmese in Laos

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Introduction / History
The 1995 national census of Laos listed 416 Myen, or Burmese, living in Laos. They have come across the border from Myanmar (formerly Burma) in the last ten years or so as traders and merchants. A number have settled down in the Sing and Long districts of Luang Namtha Province. Others live in the cities of Vientiane, Xaignabouri, and in the Houayxay District of Bokeo Province.

Some 25 to 30 million Myen live in Myanmar. Others are found in Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, Singapore, and other nations around the world.

The name of Burma was changed to Myanmar in 1988 by the military government. They claim Burma was mistakenly named by the British. Ma means 'the land of' in Burmese, therefore Burma meant 'the land of the Burs'. The majority population of the nation, however, call themselves Myen, therefore the nation was renamed Myanmar ('the land of the Myan/Myen'). The Lao call the Myen Man.

The Myen are believed to have originated in China, and made their way into today's Myanmar in the ninth century AD. They quickly established themselves as the major power in the fertile Irrawaddy River Valley.

The Myen are one of the strongest Theravada Buddhist peoples in the world. They have the conviction that they preserve the true faith. In Theravada Buddhist societies monks embody Buddhist principles, the dhamma. Their withdrawal from the mundane world into the vat where they dress differently, follow a different daily regime from the rest of society, are subject to elaborate codes of conduct, including codes of avoidance, especially of women who tempt them back into the mundane world. All of these rules demarcate the sacred space within which they move.

The Myen are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. In Myanmar they are surrounded by many Christian tribes, yet most Myen have refused to consider the truths of the Gospel, especially from tribal people who they consider much inferior to themselves. "To be Myen is to be Buddhist" is their belief.

Prayer Points
* Pray God would have mercy on the Myen people. Pray He would humble their hearts to consider the Gospel.
* Ask God to save the small number of Myen who are living in Laos.
* Pray for heavenly strategies to win the 25-30 million Buddhist Myen people of Myanmar.

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:22 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Luang Namtha, Xiagnabouri, Bokeo provinces, Vientiane City.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Burmese
People Name General: Burmese
Alternate People Names:
Myan, MyenMyanmas
ROP3 Code: 101776
Joshua Project People ID: 11029
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 600
Population all Countries: 32,278,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Burmese
People Name General: Burmese
Ethnic Code: MSY50b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Burmese (600 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mya    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism90.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions10.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1815-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2014
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoA Greater Love
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFreedom from Suffering
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Burmese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Common Language Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Judson Bible
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Burmese)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Burmese in Laos

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    Burmese     Asia, Southeast    
      Burmese Laos    
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