Iu Mien, Hunan in China

Unreached of the Day  1/10/2021

Iu Mien, Hunan in China

pronounced: HOO-nahn YOO-mee-en

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.

Ministry Obstacles

Their geography makes contact difficult. Their distinct language does the same, as do mutual attitudes of distrust between them and the Han Chinese.

Outreach Ideas

Due to mutual suspicion, it is best that non-Han or even foreigners reach them.

Scripture Focus

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. Ex 31:2-3

Scripture Prayer

Pray that as members of this people group become part of God’s holy family that they will also find His purposes for them.

Prayer Focus

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
Pronunciation:HOO-nahn YOO-mee-en
Country China
10/40 Window Yes
Population 225,000
World Population 225,000
Language Iu Mien
Primary Religion Ethnic Religions
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image