The Li, Bendi people live on an island in Northern Asia in one of the smallest provinces. Many of the Li, Bendi migrated to this island about 3,000 years ago. Their island is thought to be backward and undesirable and has been called “the gate to hell” by nonresidents. Abundant forests, many rivers and streams, and deep valleys mark the central mountain highlands where the Bendi live. The Bendi live in boat-shaped houses made of bamboo and thatch, and until recently, they relied on hunting and fishing for food. Their language is a Li dialect that is quite distinct and virtually unintelligible to other subgroups of the Li people. Mostly, polytheists and animists, the Bendi worship many gods and spirits, including their ancestors. According to their myths, each clan originated after the marriage of a woman and an animal. The animal most frequently worshipped is the snake.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
It is estimated that 81 percent of the Bendi have never heard the gospel. There are no adherents to Christianity in any form.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Most of the evangelism which occurs on their island is towards the majority ethnic group. Pray for a church planting movement among the Li, Bendi.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- There are no known Christians among the Bendi. Pray that the gospel would be preached among this people group numbering nearly 80,000.
- No written, oral or visual gospel materials exist in their language. Pray that the Holy Spirit would stir believers’ hearts and prepare them for the task of translating the gospel into the Li language.