Hmong in French Guiana

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People Name: Hmong
Country: French Guiana
10/40 Window: No
Population: 4,600
World Population: 777,700
Primary Language: Hmong Njua
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Miao / Hmong
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

As a result of the numerous wars waged against the Hmong during the Qing Dynasty, most of the survivors dispersed in several directions. For this reason, there is a Njua Hmong diaspora in many locations in East Asia. There is, surprisingly, one also in French Guiana.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Hmong Njua occupy the middle class in French Guiana. They own small businesses and restaurants. They work as teachers and as middle level administrators for the government. The Hmong, as a small minority, try to keep a low profile. They tend to marry within their group. The Hmong try to maintain their Southeast Asian language and culture. Some Hmong have been in Guiana for generations and consider themselves more French than Hmong.
The Hmong practice monogamy or one wife for each husband. Parents encourage their children to graduate from universities and enter the professions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are susceptible to being deceived by strong influential figures. One of their legends tells of a Hmong savior who will come and lead them into their own land where they will be left alone in peace.

What Are Their Needs?

Some Njua Hmong will listen to the truth while others will listen to deceivers. Getting them the word of God and praying they will make good decisions is the best approach.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Hmong people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.
Pray for workers who will share the good news and tell the Hmong how to follow the Lord.
Pray for a movement to Christ among all the Hmong Njua

Text Source:   Joshua Project