Biao Mien of China The Biao Mien are a sub-group of the Yao. The Yao have been under Han Chinese rule for much of their history and were often oppressed by them. Many times they revolted against the Chinese government, and they played an active role in China's Communist revolution. Most of the Biao Mien are rural farmers who grow rice on terraces cut out of the sides of the high mountains. A favorite dish among the Biao Mien is pickled bird. The family is very important to the Biao Mien, and divorce is a rare occurrence. Most Biao Mien men have only one wife, but a few may have more than one. Eighteen chief deities are recognized, in addition to a host of minor gods, supernatural beings, deceased heroes, and nature spirits. Good spirits are considered to be the spirits of ancestors and their own household deities. Evil spirits include jungle demons, valley demons, and city demons.
Ministry Obstacles No scripture is reported as available in the language of the Biao Mien, nor are other helpful resources.
Outreach Ideas Perhaps the Lord will prompt committed Christians in tribes near the Biao Mien to take the good news of Jesus to the Biao Mien people. Pray they won't be overlooked.
Pray for the followers of Christ Please pray for the handful of people in this tribe who identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will be devoted to one another in brotherly love, and that they will live holy lives.
Pray for the entire people group Although agriculture is the chief economic activity of the Biao Mien, they often cannot grow enough to feed all their people.
Scripture Focus "The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18