Hmong Njua in United States

Hmong Njua
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People Name: Hmong Njua
Country: United States
10/40 Window: No
Population: 115,000
World Population: 777,700
Primary Language: Hmong Njua
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 7.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Miao / Hmong
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Hmong Njua are not the same ethnic group, nor do they speak the same language as the identically named Hmong in Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. In their language, the same word is used for both green and blue. For this reason, the Green Hmong have been listed as Blue Hmong in many publications. In an attempt to simplify the situation some scholars have listed them by their autonym, Hmong Njua. Chinese sources use the names Qing Miao or Lu Miao to describe this group. Hmong Njua women's clothing in China is very similar to the clothing of the Hmong Leng group. In Vietnam, however, the Hmong Njua clothing style is very different. "All the clothing is made from heavily indigo-dyed hemp cloth with no embroidery. Both women and men wear knee-length trousers and a long jacket ... because of cold weather in Sa Pa."
As a result of the numerous wars waged against the Hmong during the Qing Dynasty, most of the survivors dispersed in several directions. The Hmong in Vietnam and Laos migrated from China at the end of the 1700s and the beginning of the 1800s. Over time linguistic differences have emerged.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, some came to the United States after the Vietnam War.

What Are Their Lives Like?

All Hmong groups, including the Hmong Njua subgroup, are well-established in the United States. The ones who were able to flee to Western countries were ones with money and valuable business skills.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they were traditionally animists, the Hmong in the United States are usually Christian. Whatever religious beliefs the younger generation grew up with, they are becoming secularized.

What Are Their Needs?

Although there are large Christian communities among the Hmong Njua in Vietnam, Thailand and the United States, their counterparts in China and French Guiana are unreached. The secular environment in the United States is sure to affect the younger Njua Hmong generation. They need to be introduced to Christ, most likely in the English language. Those who follow Christ can be used by the Lord as his ambassadors to those in places where they remain unreached like French Guiana.

Prayer Points

Pray for Hmong Njua Christian believers to go to the unreached in French Guiana.
Pray for the Lord to intervene in Hmong Njua families, calling people to his side and blessing them in every way.
Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

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