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Pa-O in Myanmar (Burma)
pronounced: pah-OH

The Pa-O are called Taungthu, which means "hill people," by the Burmese. The British colonialists called them Black Karen because most Pa-O women wear black or dark blue dresses. For centuries, Buddhism has dominated every area of the lives and communities of the Pa-O. The people, however, still hold onto some animistic beliefs, and spirit shrines and magnificent wooden temples dot the outskirts of villages.

Ministry Obstacles: Most Pa-O Buddhists have steadfastly rejected all efforts to evangelize them. Although missionaries translated scripture portions into the Pa-O language in the year 1912, there has been little growth of the church since that time. Buddhism and animism maintain a strong grip on the people.

Outreach Ideas: Pray the Lord's Spirit would reveal truth in convincing ways to the Pa-O. May they recognize that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

Scripture Focus: "Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!"
- Psalm 117:1

Prayer Focus Pray that some from this people group will praise Him this year. There are a small number of Christ followers among the Pa-O. Pray that they would grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and would have a wonderful testimony of the goodness of the Lord among their own people. Pray for Christian workers to be sent to the Pa-O people in sufficient numbers to make a difference. Pray also for workers to rise up from among the Pa-O, since they will know the language and the culture.

 


 
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