Akha in Myanmar (Burma)


Population
221,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In some villages workers have not been able to enter because of numerous dangers, and military battles. A few villages had been burnt down, but God opened the way for a team to reach six villages. They preached the Word of God from house to house with permission granted by the chiefs of the villages. Bible studies were held at night and outreaches during the day. There are many Akha, Lahu and Shan peoples not yet reached and there are no workers!

One of the Akha villages is home to 43 people. All of them are drug addicts except one family. The villagers (including women, men and sons and daughters) smoke opium. By God's grace, 16 Akha drug addicts confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

"We never heard the Good News of Jesus. No one tells us about Jesus," said one Akha woman with tears in her eyes. We preached the whole night. Some drug addicts brought their opium. They smoked the opium and became drunk!


Where Are they Located?

There are hundreds of unreached Akha villages in the Golden Triangle. There are more than 1.5 million Akhas in Myanmar. The Akhas speak the language of Tibeto-Burman that is closely similar to the Lahu and Lisu tribes language. The Akhas usually do not stay in one village for long. They will move from one place to another and they prefer the hilly mountain sides. The distance between the villages may be three or four days on foot.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Swine and poultry are the most important livestock of the Akhas. Dogs are used for hunting but they also like to eat them.

The Akhas mostly get married around 12 or 14 years old and they live in extended family units averaged about 10 people in each family. An Akha man can take more than three wives.


What Are Their Needs?

The depravity of man, the culture and the illiteracy cry out for the transforming power of Christ. Would you please pray for the salvation of the Akhas?


Prayer Points

1. Pray for the salvation of the Akhas and the unreached peoples of the Golden Triangle in Myanmar.
2. Pray for the salvation of the chiefs in the Akha villages.
3. Pray for the Akha children in the Akha region. Most of the Akha children are not in school since there are no schools, no roads and no medical facilities. The children are addicted to drugs. Pray for deliverance from their addiction.
4. Pray for protection of all the laborers of Christ.
5. Pray for provision of workers and resources.
6. Pray for peace in the country.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Akha
People Name in Country Akha
Population in Myanmar (Burma) 221,000
World Population 534,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ada, Ahka, Aini, Aka, Ak'a, Ekaw, Guoke, Hà Nhì, Ikaw, Ikho, Ikor, Jeu-g'oe, Kaw, Khako, Ko, Ko Phen, Lou Ma, Yani
People ID 10223
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shan State, east Kengtung District   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Myanmar (Burma)
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Shan State, east Kengtung District.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Ethnologue Language Map
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Primary Language: Akha (221,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Akha (221,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ahk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Akha

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1939-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1968-1987)
Complete Bible Yes   (2001)
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Akha
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
35.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 12.00 %)
16.00 %
Ethnic Religions
49.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
3.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
87.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Photo Source: Frank Starmer   Creative Commons  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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