The Jiamao Li are the original inhabitants of the Hainan Province. They refer to themselves as “Tai” which means people. In the past, Jiamao Li women would tattoo their bodies and face as soon as puberty is reached. This practice is now considered obsolete and only elderly women are seen with these tattoos. The Jiamao Li practice animism. They seek shamans and witch doctors along with Western and Chinese medicine for physical healing. Traditionally, the Jiamao Li would sacrifice animals to appease the gods.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
The first record of Christians in the Hainan province is from Jesuit workers who arrived in the 1660s. In the late 1800s, a Christian couple lived on the island, their kind and compassionate lives impacted many of the Jiamao Li and many came to become followers of Jesus. Unfortunately, there are very few Jiamao Li today who are Christians or who have heard the gospel.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Currently, there are very few believers among the Jiamao Li. Workers who can physically represent Jesus with the lives they lead are needed to plant churches and share the gospel with the Jiamao Li.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray the that Bible will be translated into the Jiamao Li language.
- Pray for Jiamao Li believers to be led and empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring the Gospel.
- Pray for God to reveal himself to the Jiamao Li through dreams and visions.
- Pray for workers to be led by the Holy Spirit to live among the Jiamao Li.