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Yemeni Arab of Yemen

There are an estimated 6,934,000 Yemeni Arabs living in the world today.  These tribal people are scattered throughout 16 different countries, but the majority of them live in Yemen.

Within their social structure are four classes of people: the wealthy, the tribesmen, the merchants and craftsmen, and the slaves.  These classes are very predominant and can be distinguished by the types of clothing worn.

This people group lives in […]

Baka of Congo, Africa

For centuries, the Pygmies have been recognized as the oldest inhabitants of the African rainforest.  Throughout the forests of Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo, there lives a group of Pygmies known as the Baka.  Because they are so remote and widespread, there has been no accurate count of their population.

They are the people of the forest, with a vast knowledge of its animals and plants along with its […]

Aimaq, Char of Afghanistan

The Aimaq Char of Afghanistan is a people group comprised of four different tribes: Taimani, Firozkohi, Timuri, and Jamshidi. It is estimated that 250 subtribes exist within these. The population of this group is 334,000 and 148,000 of them live in Afghanistan. Their primary language is Aimaq, but Farsi is spoken in the schools.

Foods commonly eaten are thick wheat bread, chickpeas, rice, potatoes, and other garden vegetables. […]

Miao of China

The Miao are one of the 55 officially recognized minorities in China. With a population of 9.6 million in China alone, they form the country’s fifth largest ethnic minority. Because of past oppression and multiple migrations, they are scattered across several provinces in Southeast China, and many Hmong (a Miao sub-group) have settled in Southeast Asian and Western countries.

The language family of the Miao includes 35-plus languages, […]

Pamiri Tajiks of Central Asia

The Pamiri Tajiks live in extreme isolation on the border area of four countries: Tajikistan, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their traditional homeland is the Pamir Mountains, the world’s second highest mountain range. Different sources recognize between 120,000 and 350,000 Pamiri Tajiks. This number includes several distinct sub-dialects. All of these dialects are still unwritten.

Being primarily farmers, the Pamiri Tajiks raise sheep, yaks and horses. Their villages consist […]

Idaca of Benin, Africa

The Idaca are one of 68 distinct peoples of Benin and live in the south-central part of the country. Differing sources number them at 41,800 and 140,000. They belong to the Yoruba people cluster, one of the three African people groups from which Voodoo originated.

Yams, millet, and sorghum are raised by traditional farming methods and provide the Idaca’s basic diet. This diet may be supplemented by […]

Lao Phuan of Laos

The Lao Phuan people live in Laos and Thailand. They have a distinct language (Phuan) and culture. The Lao Phuan enjoyed social prominence in Laos for centuries. That changed in the 1800’s.  After several decades of war, over half of them migrated to Thailand where they live in small communities.

Most Lao Phuans work in the textile industry or farming. They wear colorful pakamas (not to be confused […]

Lost Book Found

The Karen tribe was the lowest class in Burma. Called the “wild men of the jungle,” they were oppressed and despised but were not without hope. They had a cultural legend that a messenger from across the sea would bring them the lost book written by the Creator-God.

George Dana Boardman was born in Livermore, Maine, in February 1801, and was the son of a Baptist pastor. Sarah […]

Students or Learners?

Missiologists such as the late Dr. Tom Brewster make a distinction between students and learners. The words are synonymous to most, but we at BBTI stress the difference. A student enrolls in a school and is dependent on a teacher. A learner takes responsibility for his own learning and finds ways to get the information he needs. A learner mindset is quite an asset in mission work.

From kindergarten through college, we are students. We sit […]

Amdo Tibetan

You could walk for weeks and never meet one Amdo Tibetan person who has heard the name of Jesus Christ.

These nomadic people travel around the country-side with their herds of animals. They can assemble their houses in just over an hour, and work hard day in and day out to survive. They watch their herds closely, monitoring their safety, giving them food, protecting them, and giving of […]