Mpi in Thailand

The Mpi have only been reported in Thailand
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Introduction / History

The Mpi people dress and act just like the Northern Thai people whom they live among, and they speak Northern Thai fluently. The younger generations also speak Central Thai which they learn in school. Only half of them also speak the Mpi language. In a generation or two, Mpi might no longer be spoken by anyone. There are still quite a few speakers of Mpi in Ban Dong but very few in Ban Sakoen. Even in Ban Dong, many of the children do not speak Mpi, although some still can understand it when they hear it.

The Mpi say they originally came from Yunnan Province in China. They fled China 250-300 years ago and went to Laos. They were captured in a war and brought to Thailand where they have lived ever since. The Mpi people now live in two villages in northern Thailand: Ban Dong in Phrae Province and Ban Sakoen in Nan Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mpi are mainly rice farmers, but many also work in the city and some hold community leadership positions beyond their own village.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mpi are all Buddhists. There is no church in either Mpi village and there are few if any Christian workers specifically focusing on the Mpi people. In effect, this means that they are grouped together with the Northern Thai as far as Christian outreach is concerned.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mpi people need to accept the warm embrace of the only Savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.


Prayer Points

Pray for the authority of Christ to bind hindering spiritual forces to lead them from darkness to light.

Pray for signs and wonders among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.

Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.

Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Mpi in Thailand.


References

Peoples of the Buddhist World, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/06/20


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-20
People Name General Mpi
People Name in Country Mpi
Pronunciation Ma-pee
Population this Country 1,600
Population all Countries 1,600
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kaw; Mpi-mi
People ID 13845
ROP3 Code 106842
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country They inhabit two villages in northern Thailand, Ban Dong Village in Muang District of Phrae Province and Ban Sagern in Tha Wang Pha District of Nan Province.   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country They inhabit two villages in northern Thailand, Ban Dong Village in Muang District of Phrae Province and Ban Sagern in Tha Wang Pha District of Nan Province..   Source:  Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004
Primary Language Mpi (1,600 speakers)
Language Code mpz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Mpi (1,600 speakers)
Language Code mpz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Mpi

Primary Language:  Mpi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
96.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
4.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
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