Lisu, Southern in Myanmar (Burma)

Population

172,000

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


The Naxi, Mosuo, Pumi, and Lisu

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Identity

The Lisu live in China, Myanmar / Burma, Thailand and India. They are one of China's official minorities. The name Lisu means "come-down people." Their original home was in eastern Tibet, where they had a kingdom in the tenth century before they migrated to their present homes in Southeast Asia.


History

The Lisu have a long history of being oppressed by greedy landlords and governments. The Lisu revolt of 1801-03 proved devastating. The Qing government mobilized a huge army of more than 10,000 soldiers from three provinces. Chinese writers criticized this campaign as "using a cattle knife to kill chickens." During the 1940s the Lisu had to pay 65 different types of taxes and levies - including one for each airplane flying over their region! This provocation resulted in thousands of Lisu seeking life in a new country. Missionary Lilian Hamer described one scene as the Lisu she had sought to reach left en masse: "I saw little children clinging to their mother's skirts, older folk carrying iron cooking pots, blankets, oil lamps. I stood outside my door and watched this wholesale evacuation of the people I had served and loved, mourned and wept over."


Customs

Before they embraced Christianity, the Lisu were described as "utter savages." They were so given over to alcohol that when one newly converted village threw out all their liquor, all the pigs in the village got drunk! A passion for gambling often degraded the Lisu into an abyss of suffering. "When they have gambled away their money, they will often stake their children, their wives, and even themselves as slaves. As a result, in one night a whole family can be gambled away into life-long slavery."


Religion

The conversion of the Lisu is one of the greatest stories in mission history. Their mass turning to Christ was due in part to their ancient belief in Wa Sa, a supreme god of Healing and a village guardian. During one interrogation by the Communists, a young Lisu man exclaimed, "Christianity has already penetrated into our flesh and blood and it will not be easy to tear it away from us."


Christianity

A number of missionaries labored self-sacrificially among the Lisu prior to 1949, including James Fraser, A. B. Cooke, John and Isobel Kuhn, and the Morse family. In 1916 and 1917 alone, Fraser baptized 60,000 Lisu. Today there are an estimated 300,000 Lisu believers in China. The Lisu church has reached out to many other groups in the area, including the Deqen Tibetans.


Profile Source:   Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-06-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-06-02
People Name General Lisu, Yobin
People Name in Country Lisu, Southern
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 172,000
World Population 1,115,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chedi, Chung, Flowery Lisu, Khae, Leisu, Lesuo, Lisaw, Lishu, Lowuu (Northern), Lusu, Lutzu, Southern Lisu, White Lisu, Yao Yen, Yaw Yin, Yeme (Southern)
Affinity Bloc Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster Lisu
People Name General Lisu, Yobin
Ethnic Code MSY50l
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Location in Country Shan State, Lashio and Liolem areas; Wa state; Kachin state, Myitkyina and Bhamo, Putao area toward Assam border
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lisu (Unknown) Anong (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Lisu Anong
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1921-1950)
New Testament Yes   (1938-2009)
Complete Bible Yes   (1968-1986)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lisu
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-06-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-06-02

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 52.00 %)
85.00 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
59.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
1.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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