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Gelao, White in Vietnam

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
200 Duoluo Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Gelao, White in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
Gelao means "human beings" as well as "bamboo." The Gelao are thought to be descended from the ancient Liao race who established the Yelang Kingdom in Guizhou Province about 2,000 years ago. A folk tale tells how the king of Yelang was born from bamboo, so the whole group came to be called "bamboo." In the past, the Gelao practiced initiation rites for their young men, including tooth-breaking and hair-cutting rituals. The Gelao were once head-hunters and cannibals.

Where are they located?
The Gelao peoples live either in China's Guizhou Province or northern Vietnam.

What are their lives like?
The White Gelao grow maize, wheat, potatoes, sorghum, millet, tobacco, and tea.

What are their beliefs?
Like the other two Gelao peoples, the White Gelao worship their ancestors and hold to traditional animistic religion. They worship the spirit of the rice paddies, the spirit of burn over land, and the spirits that protect their livestock. At specific festivals the Gelao peoples make offerings to these spirits.

What are their needs?
It might take bold believers with a special gift of faith to go to the White Gelao people and pray for their needs. This people group will need to see God at work in a powerful way to put their faith in Jesus Christ rather than the spirit world.

Prayer Points
Ask for the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into this field to tell the White Gelao people that they have been specially created for a unique purpose: to know, love and worship Jesus Christ.
Pray for the White Gelao people to have a strong spiritual hunger that will lead them to the Savior of all mankind.
Pray for God to reveal His grace and love to the White Gelao people so that they will want Him as their Savior.
Pray for a strong discipling ministry that will transform Gelao communities in Vietnam into His likeness.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2006-07-23
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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Ha Giang province, Yen Minh district, Pho La and Dong Van.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Gelao, White
People Name General: Gelao, White
Alternate People Names:
Cờ Lao
ROP3 Code: 115109
Joshua Project People ID: 19368
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 200
Population all Countries: 200
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kadai
People Name General: Gelao, White
Ethnic Code: MSY49z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Duoluo (200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): giw    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Gelao, White
Dialect Code:10153
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Gelao, White in Vietnam

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