Kucong in China

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Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kucong
Country: China
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 44,000
World Population: 52,100
Primary Language: Kucong
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Tibeto-Burman, other
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan-Himalayan Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries the Lahu had strong leadership in their wars of resistance against their Han and Tai rulers. Not until an irretrievable defeat in 1799 did they begin to collapse. This defeat caused the Lahu to flee into the mountains; from that point on they fragmented as a people. The Black Lahu claim to be pure Lahu and express contempt for the Kucong for having surrendered to the Qing army. Since that time the Kucong have been hated and oppressed by all other Lahu. "Many of the Kucong died, not just from starvation, but attacked also by wild animals and disease. Between 1947 and 1949 alone, a third of the village population succumbed."

The Kucong are also known as the Yellow Lahu, or Lahu Shi and have been officially included as part of the Lahu in China since 1987. Before that time they were included in a list of undetermined minorities. The Kucong have lived in dire poverty for generations.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The autumn harvest provides Kucong families with a small amount of grain for the year. Their meals are supplemented by wild berries and herbs and with any birds or animals they can catch. All Kucong women have their heads shaven. "When they go into town they wear hats, embarrassed the people of other minorities will mock them for their baldness."

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kucong are primarily Theravada Buddhists, in comparison to the majority of Lahu who are either animists or Christians. In the past, Christianity was not able to spread from the Lahu to the Kucong because of the many prejudices between the two groups.

Although there are fewer believers among the Kucong than among the Lahu, H. A. Baker - the great Pentecostal missionary - left a spiritual legacy at a Kucong village called Stony Stockade in an untraversed mountain ridge in Mojiang County. "The whole village of 29 households were converted after hearing Baker's fiery preaching, and they have earnestly adhered to the faith until this day. Right up to the present, the old inhabitants still enjoy recounting to visitors very much, vividly and nostalgically, anecdotes of 'Ben Mooshi' (Pastor Baker)."

What Are Their Needs?

The Kucong people need greater harvests for their crops. Perhaps Christ followers with the right skills can help them with this physical need.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to raise up a Multiplying Church Movement to saturate the hearts and minds of this people group.
Pray or God's blessing, strengthening, and healing of families and communities within this people group through the abundant life Jesus offers to all people who call on his name.
Pray for deliverance from the fear that hinders God's blessing from multiplying through the families and communities in this people group.
Pray for God's blessing on the leaders in this people group, along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God’s blessing.
Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of his word among this people group, leading them to love him with their whole being.

Text Source:   Joshua Project