History and background: 700,000 Pa-O (Pa’O) people live in Southeast Asia, and more than half a million of those live in Myanmar. Even though the Pa-O are the second largest ethnic group in the Shan state, they are often called “The Forgotten People.” Anthropologists believe the Pa-O are descendants of the Tibetan-Burman people who settled in the region around 1000 BC. The Pa-O are an ancient people who need the Ancient Path back to their Creator.
The Opportunity: A network of national believers in Myanmar have strategically relocated near the capital of the province and are living in close proximity to thousands of Pa-O people. These indigenous missionaries are involved in agriculture, tutoring, teaching musical instruments, teaching English, barbershop services, and several other creative ways make friends and gain credibility as new neighbors investing in the community.
A Gospel booklet has already been translated into the Pa-O language and local missionaries are ready to begin to plan ways to make inroads into the communities. They plan to meet needs there such as providing rice and farming tools, along with giving them a brief testimony and this Gospel booklet.
Your partnership with these local missionaries will enable them to travel regularly, meet local practical needs, and build good relationships over time in order to present the Gospel. The goal of these missionaries is to plant an indigenous house church in each Pa-O village.
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