Language: Karen S’gaw
Population Statistics: 2,215,000
Partner: Chrestos Mission
Location: Mae Sariang, Thailand
Field Director: Dr. Geoffrey Atkinson
Studio Staff: Saw Eh Row
Chrestos Mission is a fellowship of Christians seeking to proclaim Christ, and show His kindness through Media Center that produces Christian ﬁlms, recordings, and radio programs Bible School that trains local Christians for evangelism and pastoral work
Chrestos Studio started by providing illiterate villagers, who had received Christ, with CDs of Bible readings, sermons and hymns. Since partnering with Project Video in 2009 it has dubbed in the Karen language, the Visual Bible productions of Matthew, John, and Acts, and six ﬁlms in The God Provides series produced by CFM. Chrestos Media has proven to be one of PV’s most productive studios, paving the way for other Karen language groups. Initially their focus was on dubbing, but more recently they have turned to original films, such as the “Unforgiving Servant” created earlier in 2017. In the next year they plan to shoot five original movies varying in length from 15 to 40 minutes. These titles include “Fear Not, Have Faith,” “The Power of Prayer” and “Repent and Come Back.” Productions continue to be distributed throughout Thailand and Burma and used by the Chrestos Bible School students on their outreaches.
Karen People Profile
The Karen people came from Mongolia to Burma in antiquity via the Gobi Desert. Coming to inhabit the southeastern mountains of Burma on the Thailand border, they now number more than 7,000,000 people. In the 1770s, the Karen people were invited by the king of Thailand to inhabit its western border to serve as a buffer against Burmese invasion. These Thai Karen now number 600,000 people.
The Karen ancient script is similar to Hebrew and their name for God is Yowah, quite similar to the Hebrew Yahweh. Ancient tradition tells them that they once had the book of God, but it was lost. One day It would be restored by a white man. Adoniram Judson, the pioneer American Missionary to Burma, Karen had a servant called Ko Tha Byu. Judson taught him to read. When he read the translated Scriptures, Ko Tha Byu realized that this was the book of God that the Karen were waiting for. He led thousands to The Lord and the Gospel spread to the Karen and to many other ethnic groups in Burma. The majority of these early converts were Baptists like Judson and Ko Tha Byu.