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Giay, Nhang of China
The Giay (pronounced "Zay"), are sometimes referred to as the Nhang, a name given to them by the Vietnamese. Giay families are dominated by the males; widows must obey their sons. When a baby is one month old the parents call for a ceremony to inform the ancestors of the birth and to name the baby. They consult horoscopes to determine the fate of the child. The youth are often nonreligious, having received an atheistic education under the communist system. Each village has a "forbidden forest", and twice each year worship of the spirit of the village occurs at the largest tree.
To follow Jesus among the Giay is to risk offending the spirits of the ancestors, as well as to disrupt the community. There is risk of loss of family and friends.
Han Chinese believers may be able to carry the good news of Jesus to the Giay people. Pray that some will be burdened to do this.
Pray for the few hundred Christians among the Giay to live holy lives, honoring Christ with their conduct. Pray they will learn to live in the power of Christ's Spirit, demonstrating love, joy, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit. Pray they will be faithful witnesses for Christ to family and friends. Pray for evangelists to be raised up from their number.
Pray for the Giay community to be set free from bondage to the spirits of their ancestors, and to direct their worship toward the One who created them.
'Again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people." And again, "Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, And let all the peoples praise Him." Romans 15:10-11