Disciples News Service

A growing group: the Zo

Originally from the hill country on the border between India and Burma, the Zo (also spelled Zou) people are growing churches in Oklahoma, Georgia, and Indiana.  North American Pacific/Asian Disciples are supporting these new congregations through pastor training and welcoming them into the NAPAD family of languages, now numbering 17. Drawn to the United States to make a better life without the oppression of the Burmese military regime and the marginalization the Christian community experiences there, they settle in various cities and unite to renew their spiritual life in their own language.

The Rev.Lian Taithul, NAPAD pastor for the Zo people, said, “Belonging to different church traditions, though it seems impossible because of difference in faith and practice, they have found that the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) embraces all Christians, invited to the Lord’s table for Holy Communion. Their aspiration is that they should be united under NAPAD and set an example of unity as members of the body of Christ, standing for wholeness in a fragmented world.”

The Zo communities bring new life and energy to the Christian faith and are already transforming their regional churches.