Hakha Chin (Lai)

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The Hakha Chin (Lai) are a sub tribal group of the Chin people group in Chin State, Myanmar. The Chin people – including the Hakha Chin - have predominately identified as Christian since American and British missionaries began spreading the gospel message to their people in the late 1800’s. However, since Myanmar gained independence in the 1960’s, there has been increased pressure by the military and government to renounce Christianity.  There are regular reports of forced conversion of Chin Christians to Buddhism, the religion of the majority ethnic Burmese population [2]. The BBC calls the Chin people, “one of the most persecuted minority groups in Burma.” [1]. Ethnic Chin face forced labor, torture, rape, extra judicial killings, and other cruel and inhuman treatment which have forced thousands to flee their homeland surrounding countries [1][2].

Additionally, economic marginalization by the government leave the Chin impoverished and the Chin state underdeveloped. Chin state is considered the most underdeveloped state in Burma with a poverty rate of 73%. [3] Some Chin villages report that they haven’t seen doctors in decades. The scarce resources that a family can bring in are spent simply attempting to put food on the table. Having the money to purchase a Bible or other Christian resources are unheard of. Even having an opportunity to purchase a Bible – if finances were not an obstacle – are equally unheard of due to the remote location of Chin state. It is estimated that at least 35,000 Christian families are without God’s Word in the Hakha district alone. If you multiply that number by the number of people in a family, the number of Christians without Bibles quickly rises to over 100,000. Can you imagine you or anyone in your family never having your own Bible?

Biblia Global continues to work to meet the need of Bibles for Christians like the Hakha Chin and other Christians in this region without Bibles . It costs approximately $3.50 USD for the printing of one Hakha Chin Bible. Your gift to our Bibles for Asia project will help us in this ongoing effort to get the Hakha Chin Christians and their pastors their own copy of God's Word. Please pray that God will provide us with abundant resources to help meet the need.

 


We have a limited number of Hakha Chin Bibles available for believers in North America. Please contact us for more information.


 NOTES:

[1] Sam Bagnall, “Burma's 'forgotten' Chin people suffer abuse,” British Broadcasting News, news.bbc.co.uk [home page on-line]; available from http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8626008.stm/; Accessed October 8, 2016.

[2] Joshua Lipes, “Chin Christians Persecuted,” Radio Free Asia, www.rfa.org [home page online]; available from http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/chin-09052012132942.html; Accessed October 8, 2016.

[3] Arno Maierbrugger, “37% Jobless In Myanmar, Study Finds,” investvine, investvine.com [home page on-line]; available from http://investvine.com/37-jobless-in-myanmar-study-finds/; April 21, 2015.