Long recitations, committed to memory and handed down from parents to children, are essential for continuing the Akha culture. Among the Akha it is important for a man to be able to memorize his complete genealogy right back to the first man, Sm Mi O. To be unable to do so is considered a disgrace. Despite being some of the poorest people in southern China, Akha women have a striking appearance. They wear heavily decorated headdresses and skirts. The Akha's religious philosophy, Akhazang (Akha-way), permeates every aspect of their lives and social structure. They believe in a supreme deity named Apoe Miyeh.
The Akha's commitment to follow the deity Apoe Miyeh must be redirected towards the Creator God.
Perhaps the Christians in the Akha communities of Myanmar and Thailand will find ways to minister to the Akha of China. Pray for this desire to arise at the proper time.
In Myanmar and Thailand the Akha have responded in large numbers to the Gospel, with as many as 60,000 Akha Christians reported in Myanmar alone. In China, however, only 500 to 600 Akha have believed. Pray for the Akha believers in China to grow in numbers, and in spiritual maturity.
Pray the entire Akha community will increasingly be drawn to the Savior, Jesus Christ, as their distant relatives in Myanmar have experienced to an extent.
"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." Habakkuk 2:14