How would you like to be mistaken for someone else? That is the dilemma of the Iu Mien people. They have distinct clothing and language from the other people groups in Hunan Province. They have historically been engaged in conflict with the Han Chinese, especially over the opium trade, and they lost these battles. That is why they now live high in the mountains. They worship Pan Hu, their patron ancestor deity and other ancestors and spirits.
Their geography makes contact difficult. Their distinct language does the same, as do mutual attitudes of distrust between them and the Han Chinese.
Due to mutual suspicion, it is best that non-Han or even foreigners reach them.
"Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts." Exodus 31:2-3
Pray that as members of this people group become part of God’s holy family that they will also find His purposes for them.
Pray that the Iu Mien people will open up to outsiders, that they will be open to reconciliation with their neighbors and with God. Pray they would access Scriptures available in their language.
|People Name||Hunan Iu Mien|
|Primary Religion||Ethnic Religions|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|