Han Chinese, Mandarin in Northern Mariana Islands


Population
11,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

As the cute joke goes, "God must love the Chinese very much or He wouldn't have made so many of them." Not only are there more than a billion Han Chinese in the world, but they are spread out all over the globe.

The Chinese diaspora is noted for its involvement with businesses, be they small or large. In the South Pacific Islands, they are often hated because they own the businesses. Relations between the Chinese and the local Pacific islanders are strained.

But in the Northern Mariana Islands, most of the Chinese work in the garment industry. Garment production is by far the most important industry with employment of 17,500 mostly Chinese workers and sizable shipments to the US under duty and quota exemptions. The garment industry has grown rapidly as a result of duty benefits stemming from the relationship between the Mariana Islands and the US. The garment industry recruits workers from East Asia because of the limited supply of local labor, and because it's easy to get there from Asia.

Though the Han Chinese groups are reached in most parts of the world, they remain without a church in this part of the Pacific region. They have maintained their traditional Chinese religion, which is characterized by a blending of philosophies, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and most of all, superstitions. Rather than leave their destinies in the hands of the Lord like many Han Chinese have done worldwide, they consult horoscopes and placate a pantheon of spirits in vain attempts to determine what courses of action to take. They believe that the spirits of their ancestors roam the earth, and if treated properly, are benign, and bring good fortune. They are especially concerned about promoting harmony and enjoying good luck.


Prayer Points

* Pray that they will see their need for Jesus.
* Pray that they will put their trust in Jesus rather than ancestral spirits.
* Pray that God will use businessmen who are walking with the Lord to show the Han Chinese migrants a better way.
* Pray that the Lord will raise up His ambassadors from among the believers in the Pacific Islands.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-06-13
People Name General Han Chinese, Mandarin
People Name in Country Han Chinese, Mandarin
Population in Northern Mariana Islands 11,000
World Population 858,191,300
Total Countries 65
Indigenous No
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
Alternate Names Beijinghua, Cantonese, Chinese, Chinese, Mandarin, Guanhua, Guoyu, Han Chinese, Hoa (Hán), Hoton, Huizui, Kreol, Pei, Potinhua, Qotong, Shanghainese, Totok, Yueh, हाँ चाइनीस, मंदरिन
People ID 12051
ROP3 Code 103686

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (11,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin
Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (11,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin

Primary Language:  Chinese, Mandarin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1864-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1857-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1874-1983)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text 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 Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Traditional (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Changed Lives (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus film: view in Mandarin Chinese
Film / Video Light of Revelation (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Open the Doors See the Mountains (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Path to Truth and Life (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Hope (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video: View in Chinese, Mandarin
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
29.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 5.70 %)
9.00 %
Ethnic Religions
33.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
29.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
28.0 %
Roman Catholic
42.0 %
Photo Source Cadfael1979  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
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