The Western Lipo live in an impoverished mountainous area in Northern Asia. They are part of the Yi nationality found in Northern Asia. There are two distinct Lipo ethnic groups – the Western and Eastern. The Western Lipo are not related to the Eastern Lipo; they differ historically, culturally, and religiously. The Eastern Lipo are predominantly Christian, while the Western Lipo are polytheistic. They worship a variety of spirits, such as mountain deities. The Western Lipo are believed to be descendants of the intermarriage of ancient Han soldiers and the women of the local villages.

Engagement // What’s Happening Now

There are very few followers of Jesus among the Western Lipo. About 92% of the Western Lipo have not seen or heard an adequate presentation of the gospel.

In the article, “My Heart is Full”, we are able to read about God using a retreat to soften the heart of a worker from the Yi nationality. Pray that many more hearts are softened to the message of the gospel.

Sustainability // The Bigger Story

The language of the Western Lipo is unknown it has similarities to other people groups but so far has been found to be unintelligible. There are no known Christian resources in the Western Lipo language.

Partnership // Move Beyond

Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:

  • Pray for Bible resources to be made available to the Western Lipo in Northern Asia.
  • Many Lipo appeals to deities for protection against evil spirits. Pray that through the message of Jesus, they would know that He has authority over spirits and put faith in Him.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to call more workers to live among the Western Lipo of Northern Asia.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to embolden the few Western Lipo believers to share the gospel with those in their communities.

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