A memorial service for Maran Lu Ra and Tangbau Hkawn Tsin was held in Washington DC today. Members of Chin, Karen and Burmese community joined members of Kachin community and Calvary Baptist Church at the prayer service along representatives from American Baptist Churches and District of Columbia Baptist Convention. They honored the two young Christian women whose lives and ministries were cut short by a horrendous act.
Rev. Patricia Hernandez of American Baptist Churches offered condolence from American Baptist Churches USA at memorial service for the two slain teacher in Washington DC.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.