Tai Dam in Vietnam

Unreached of the Day  3/17/2021

Tai Dam in Vietnam

The majority of the Tai Dam (or Black Tai) live in northern Vietnam around the city of Dien Bien Phu, but some live in Iowa in the USA. The Tai Dam take pride in being cloth weavers. They derive their name from the traditional black skirts and headdresses worn by the women. They embroider the black silk with flowers, and a bright green belt typically complements the outfit. In their everyday lives, the men and women divide labor equally; both men and women plow, hoe, fish, tend to babies, cook, and clean.

Ministry Obstacles

The Tai Dam practice Theravada Buddhism mixed with folk animism. Often seeking help through supernatural spirits and objects, they have ceremonies for recalling the soul. They practice ancestor worship and believe that there are spirits within every object and person. These spirits must be appeased so that they might avoid curses and receive blessings.

Outreach Ideas

These people are dominated by spirits who rule their lives, who could curse them on a whim, and who must be appeased. Gifted believers can go to their villages and drive out these spirits in the name of Jesus Christ.

Scripture Focus

"The rulers of the world have gathered together with the people of the God of Abraham. For all the kings of the earth belong to God. He is highly honored everywhere."  Psalm 47:9

Scripture Prayer

Pray that the Lord will find honor and worship from today’s people group. May they understand that they belong to Him.

Prayer Focus

May the Tai Dam come to know the God who is simultaneously good, just, and merciful. May they know of the Holy Spirit who can dwell in them and guide them. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to thrive this decade.



People Name Tai Dam
Pronunciationtie dahm
Country Vietnam
10/40 Window Yes
Population 835,000
World Population 914,200
Language Tai Dam
Primary Religion Ethnic Religions
Bible New Testament
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image