Tai Daeng in Vietnam

Unreached of the Day  3/16/2021

Tai Daeng in Vietnam

Originally from China, the Tai Daeng (or Red Tai) followed the Red River to Vietnam in order to escape pressure from the Chinese. The Tai Daeng are closely related to the White Tai and the Black Tai. Together, they are part of a larger people group cluster that includes the Laotians and the Shan. The Tai Daeng live together as families and organize their communities by rank: merchants outrank craftsmen, who outrank farmers. The largest group are rice farmers, and priests are in a class of their own.

Ministry Obstacles

The Tai Daeng believe in animism mixed with Buddhist teachings. The people revere "guardian spirits" and "locality spirits" but must be careful not to anger them unwittingly. The people must appease the spirits in order to stave off ill-fortune. There are very few Christian resources available in the Tai Daeng language.

Outreach Ideas

There is a need for more laborers to go to northern Vietnam and minister healing to these people whose heritage has been marked by war and foreign domination.

Scripture Focus

"Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!"  Psalm 43:3

Scripture Prayer

Pray that this people group will respond to the Lord’s light and truth.

Prayer Focus

May God show the Tai Daeng that he is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is not fickle, and we do not have to appease him but instead we need to be devoted to him. Pray that missionaries of Asian descent would bring God's international message of peace to the Tai Daeng, resulting in a Disciple Making Movement.



People Name Tai Daeng
Pronunciationtie DANG
Country Vietnam
10/40 Window Yes
Population 169,000
World Population 195,000
Language Tai Daeng
Primary Religion Ethnic Religions
Bible Translation Needed
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image