Lisu, Southern in Thailand


Population
41,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge


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.


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People Name General Lisu, Yobin
People Name in Country Lisu, Southern
Population in Thailand 41,000
World Population 1,115,900
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached No
Progress Scale 5
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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), Yobin, लिसू, यॉबीन
People ID 13076
ROP3 Code 105802
Country Thailand
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Phayao, and Kamphaeng Phet provinces.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Phayao, and Kamphaeng Phet provinces..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language: Lisu   People group listing
Language Code: lis   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Lisu   People group listing
Language Code: lis   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Lisu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1921-1950)
New Testament Yes   (1938-2009)
Complete Bible Yes   (1968-1986)
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 34.00 %)
40.00 %
Ethnic Religions
60.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
45.0 %
Roman Catholic
45.0 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
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