The Plang are an ethnic minority tribe originally from the Yunnan province of China. Between 1990 and 2000 there were significant migration into Thailand and Burma. Conflict between Thai and burmese ethnic minority groups means the Plang have faced various forms of persecution and oppression. Houses have been burned down and crops destroyed. Many of the Plang say that their children would not have survived if they had not emigrated. The plang are a scattered people and suffer lack of security about their legal status due to al lack of documentation proving that they are legitimate citizens.
The Plang are 95% Buddhist, and every village has a Buddhist temple. Only 2% of the Plang are Christian. There are also influences from traditional beliefs of spiritualism and animist ancestry worship. Missionary groups and scholars of linguistics have worked with the Plang to help preserve their language.
Evangelism across ethnic groups is still not easy. The mission of the church is to walk with God and bring dignity and respect for the ethnicity of the people we serve. The Plang Church in Nakhon Pathom was established on December 9, 2012, and now has 311 members.
Prasit Tongtuswattana, Thailand.
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