Daur of China The Daur were first mentioned in Chinese records in AD 620. They are thought to be the "remnants of the Chinese garrison left by the Tan tai-tszui (618-626)." On his wedding day, a Daur bridegroom must fetch his bride at sunrise and make a present of wine, meat, and pastry to everyone he meets on the way - whether he knows them or not. After the ceremony the Daur enjoy an afternoon of horse races. For centuries each Daur clan has depended upon shamans. No wedding, burial, long journey, or any other important event was attempted without first consulting the shaman. He, in turn, contacted the spirit realm and announced, for a fee, whether an event should take place or not. Some of the Daur who live alongside Mongolians have embraced Tibetan Buddhism.
Ministry Obstacles The Daur language does not have scripture reported as available, not even portions.
Outreach Ideas There are increasing numbers of Christians in China. Pray some Han believers will be given a desire to take the good news of Jesus to the Daur, and will be willing to make the sacrifices necessary to do this effectively.
Pray for the followers of Christ Please pray for the few hundred Daur who identify themselves as Christians. Pray they will learn to be joyful always, to pray continually, and to give thanks in all circumstances.
Pray for the entire people group Pray for the widow, the orphan, and the poor of the Daur tribe, that they will be cared for.
Scripture Focus "After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb." Revelation 7:9