People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Lisu of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 1,700

ROP3 Code: 105802
IMB Affinity Group: Southeast Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Tibetan / Himalayan Peoples
People Cluster: Lisu
Language: Lisu - (lis)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: Myanmar [Burma]

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Majority Located Where

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 50

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Brief Profile

The Lisu people in the United States migrated predominantly from the north central east mountain area of Myanmar and a smaller population from the province of Yunnan in China .

They speak Lisu. Those from Myanmar also speak Burmese and those from China also speak Yunnanese.

Culturally, they value songs and dances, all differing according to the occasion. Weddings, homecomings, harvests, and other ceremonial events all have their corresponding music and dances.

The historic Lisu religion is animism, a belief that all things are embodied with "Spirit", ancestor worship, and living in harmony with nature and all beings. Over the years many converted to Buddhism and more recently Christianity. In fact, in Myanmar and China, Protestant Christianity has become the dominant religion among the Lisu people. The majority of Lisu in the United States are faithful Protestant Christians.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that Lisu Christians will step out cross-culturally to share the Gospel with unreached people groups from Myanmar and beyond.
  • Pray that Lisu Christians will grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible.

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United StatesFort WorthDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX50