The Iu Mien have a long history of fleeing oppression. This explains why the Chinese sometimes call them the Guoshan (Crossing the Mountains) Yao. Linguist Herbert Purnell explains, "The Iu Mien have been profoundly influenced by the Chinese over many centuries of contact. Perhaps the most significant development from these contacts has been the evolution and preservation of Taoist rituals written in Chinese characters. The Iu Mien have therefore possessed for several centuries what many other Asian peoples only dream of—an extensive written literature."
The Iu Mien originated in China, but some were hired to help the French, and later the Americans, in their efforts to defeat the communists in Laos and Vietnam. After the communists took over Vietnam in 1975, many fled to the Unites States, though a smaller number took refuge in other western nations like Denmark.
The Iu Mien people are very family oriented, so it must be very difficult when some family members manage to go to Denmark while others remain in Asia. Many of their community and spiritual leaders did not come with the Iu Mien who migrated to Denmark. Most of them arrived in Denmark in the late 70s and early 80s, so many of the next generation is more Danish than Iu Mien.
The Iu Mien are Taoist who also worship their ancestors. They believe Pan created the heavens and the earth. After the death of King Pan the feudal court allowed his descendants to worship and make a picture of him with human features.
The Iu Mien need an identity. Their culture is largely shattered. Without a firm identity, people tend to wander into destructive behaviors.
* Pray for believers to help the Iu Mien to put their identity in Christ, the one who came to give us life to the full.
* Pray for the Iu Mien people to re-discover their culture, but allow it to be redeemed by the teachings of Jesus.
* Pray for Christian materials that are in the Iu Mien language to be eagerly embraced.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the Iu Mien that will affect their people no matter where they now live.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Iu Mien|
|People Name in Country||Iu Mien|
|Population in Denmark||8,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Dao, Guangxi-Yunnan, Guoshan, Guoshan Yao, Highland Yao, Man, Mian, Mien, Myen, Pan Yao, Yao, Yiu Mien, Youmian, Yumian|
|Primary Language||Iu Mien (8,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ium Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Iu Mien|
Primary Language: Iu Mien
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1975-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Jesus Film: view in Iu Mien|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Mien Bible (Lao Script)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Mien Bible (New Roman Script)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Mien Bible (Old Roman Script Script)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Mien Bible (Thai Script)|
|Primary Religion:||Ethnic Religions|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.60 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|