AKHA CHURCHES IN THAILAND
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Akha Churches in Thailand (ACT)
Akha: to live far away from any town or city
This group includes 49 villages across Thailand, containing 565 families, making up a population of 5850 people. 33 of these villages have their own priest, meaning 16 villages are without. With a priest costing about 18000 Baht a year, these villages are unable to afford one.
The existing churches are also made of bamboo; through donations we can upgrade them to something sturdier.With (ACT) we are hoping to spread the word of God, to the Akha people in Laos, China, and Vietnam. This will be an expensive endeavor for us though, but through donations we can make this happen.
The Akha people moved from Tibet to Burma about 250-280 years ago, and then moved into Thailand 90-100 years ago. Most Akha prefer to live in Northern Thailand in the mountains, valleys, and hills. There are three different Akha groups, Ulo Akha; this group was the first Akha people to move from Burma to Thailand. Ulo Akha being the name given to the Akha group that moved to Thailand. Another group is called the Lomi Akha, which is the Burmese Akha group. Then there is the Labui Akha, which is the Chinese Akha group.Christianity in the Akha villages was first heard of in 1907 in Burma, from a missionary from America, and one from England. Then in 1928 the first Akha family was converted. Then after a few years most Akha people converted, growing in numbers every year.
ACT was started in by a Christian Akha priest in Thailand named Sala Yaju. He came from Burma in the year 1956 with his wife, to spread the word of God to the Akha people. Then in 1962 they had successfully converted two Akha families, Mr. Acha Chermui?s and Mr. Asaw Chermui?s families. Then in 1963, another family was converted, Mr. Lawpa Mayeu?s. The first church was then started in 1963, having three Akha families, as well as a missionary?s family, and Sala Yaju?s family. Christianity was very slow to catch on in Thailand, then in about 1977 it started to take off.
Now through donations, an Akha Center in Mae Korn, Chiang Rai was founded in 1989. This tribal center is on land belonging to the Akha church association, and is a site where training is offered in tribal language and to church leaders. This centre brings in people each year from different villages to educate them in the Christian ways. Then they can bring the word back to their villages to help educate others. It also takes in children and gives them food and accommodation while they stay at the center.
From 21 /02/07 until 24/02/07
Janen and Anneke Haring from Holland are a great help in Thailand. They live in the village of Aalten, The Netherlands, and write for a church newspaper. They have writen articles on Christianity in this village. The article comes out every second week and you can check out there website at www.kerkvenster.nl. ( It is in Dutch though.) Because of their strong Christian beliefs and the generosity they are sponsoring ACT to help the Akha people. With this money the Akha people can put money towards a priest, new churches, as well as spreading the word across Asia.
I , Mr. Apae Amor, have also donated to the cause. I donated a motor bike to the ACT main office to help the people to get around to spread the word of the lord. This Motorbike was donated on March 6th 2007, the profits for it raised through my Akha Hill Village Guest house.
An Akha Center in Maekon, Chiang Rai was founded in 1989. This tribal center is land belonging to the Akha church association and is a site where training is offered in tribal language to church leaders
49 Akha Christian villages in Thailand studied the Bible.
This woman's father was a missionary in Thailand many years ago
She is visiting an Akha Christian church where her father worked before.
Christian Church Akha Village
My Name is Mr. Apae Amor The Winner of Thailand Tourist Guide Award 2006-2008
maintain and update this website, and I am an Akha Christian doing God's work.
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Akha Christian Chiang Rai Thailand
Akha North Thailand
Population and Geographical Distribution
The Akha ethnic group originated from Southwest China. While more than 700,000 Akha continue to live in Yunnan province, significant numbers have migrated southward during the last century. Today, nearly 200,000 Akha live in Myanmar and 92,000 in Laos. Another 12,500 live in Vietnam where they are known as Ha Nhi. According to 1995 population figures published by the Tribal Research Institute of Chiang Rai, there are over 80,000 Akha living in 258 villages in North Thailand. Speakers of Tai languages often call the Akha "Ekaw" or simply "Kaw," terms viewed derogatory by the Akha because these terms are akin to words which mean "slave."
ToTAL : 1.084.500 AKHA PEOPLE
The Story of the Beginning of Hill Tribes
There are six different hill tribes in Thailand. All hill tribes live in northern Thailand, in the hills, and mountains. They occupy the province of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hosong, Lampang, as well as Tad, and Kajanaburi.Akha people originate from Tibet, to Burma, then to Thailand. The Lisu people, as well as the Lahu people all originated from Tibet as well. Then there are the Yao people that came from China, to Thailand. Hmong people have also come from China, but then to Laos, then Thailand. The Karen people originated in Burma, but are now found in Thailand as well. The population of the Akha hill tribe is 80 000 across Thailand. The Lisu is at 35 000, Lahu is 58 000, the Yao is at 50 000, Hmong are at 82 000, Karen are at 280 000. Making a grand total of 535 000
hill tribe people across all of Thailand.
In the past 20 years the Akha people have been farming. Growing there rice fields, cutting and burning the jungle making room for more rice farms. Every year new jungle must be cut down for new rice fields, if you use a field more then once for rice, the rice will be no good. Since so much land is taken every year for new fields, a village can only occupy a piece of land for a maximum of 3 to 4 years before the land is thoroughly exhausted. Then it is off to a new location, new farms, new land, and then the old one is burnt down. The houses of bamboo are burned with it, and then a crop of rice is planted in its place.
Nowadays things are different though. The Thai government now controls the land, and is stopping the burning and the cutting of the jungle. Now they have to do rice fields on the same field every year. This is very hard for the hill tribe people, with out the use of new fields there is not enough rice growing to feed them all year. This is also destroying the customs of the hill tribe people. With no work in the fields more have to go to school. Most schools are far away and expensive though, the parent?s scraping money together to pay for it. Then after the children are are educated, they are unable to work in there villages. No work for them there in their chosen professions, so they move away, finding a mate somewhere else, never moving back.With the cities growing larger the hill tribe people are now able to commute from the villages to work quit easily.
Akha people many years ago where not Christians, but believed in spirits. In this time the birth of twins was believed to bring bad luck to the village they were born in. This not only scared the people of this village, but also surrounding villages hearing of the twins? birth. When the twins were born everyone in the village was forced to take three days of holiday, as everyone was too scared to leave the village. Then the magic man (or women) of the village (each Akha village having there own magician) had to remove the twins from their mother, and take them out of the village to the jungle, where they were killed. Then parents of the twins where forced to leave the village for one year after the twins were killed. They would have to find there own food, water, and shelter, not allowed to return home until after they had been cleansed.
Then after retuning home, the village was still convinced that even by talking to the couple bad luck might be passed on. Then the families where always cast aside, making it very difficult for any of their children to marry.This is one of the reasons the Akha people became Christian. Akha History
One of the Akha people?s spiritual beliefs was that when someone fell ill they had to go see a magic man or women. The magic person would then take a personal belonging from the sick person and place it under their pillow. During the night the sprit of the sick person would come to the magician telling them what sacrifices that person had to make in order to get better. The sacrifices were always large such as: three pigs, three dogs, three chickens, and three eggs. Most people did not possess these things that they were ordered to kill though, so they were forced to buy them. Some people were to poor though to buy those things for the sacrifice, meaning they could never get well.
This is one of the reasons that Akha people became Christians. Now 90% of Akha people are Christian, while the other 10% of the Akha people still believe in spirits
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