More than 1.3 million Muong live in a mountainous region of Asia Pacific. The Muong are the third largest people group of 53 distinct language groups in Vietnam. Because their tribal identity remains so strong, many Muong do not trust the Vietnamese government. Although they share a common heritage with the Vietnamese, they have made their homes high in the mountains and maintained a distinct culture from their neighbors.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Effective spiritual leadership has enabled the Assemblies of God to double in size from roughly 20,000 followers to 40,000in this region in the last decade. The church has been granted the first step toward recognition by the government. The combination of numerical growth and government concessions has opened doors to this otherwise hard-to-reach people group.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
“We have seen videos of pastors living in caves in the northern mountains because their homes have been taken away by police. Their powerful testimony is that they are continuing to preach, baptize, and see folks filled with the Holy Spirit, even with the pressure. We must pray and help them however we can.” — Missionaries to the people of Asia Pacific
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Geographic and cultural barriers often prevent the spread of the gospel among the Muong. Pray that God would continue to open doors through AG ministries.
- Only small portions of the Bible have been translated into the Muong language. Pray for wisdom among those who have responded to the call to communicate the gospel to the Muong despite having limited resources.
- We have heard amazing stories of young church planters who have planted more than a dozen house churches in the last five years. Consider partnering with these pastors as they turn their eyes toward the Muong.