Who Are The Karenni?
The Karenni are people group living mostly in the Kayah State of Myanmar and throughout Northern Thailand. Known as the “Red Karen”, there are numerous sub groups that make up the Karenni. 250,000 are estimated to exist today. They originated from Mongolia, eventually migrating to the Kayah State in Myanmar.They currently live in the Kayah State as well as throughout Northern Thailand.
Today, the Karenni are mostly Christian, converting when western missionaries came to the area beginning in the 19th century. The most known of the Karenni sub-groups is the Kayan, the long neck women who wear brass collars around their necks to give the appearance of them being stretched.
Who is Crossbow Media?
The Karenni Bible School has been running in Mae Hong Son Province of Thailand for over 4 years now. They were involved in the translation of the Bible into the Karenni language. Now they are partnering with Project Video to produce Gospel movies in their own language.
The studio will be kicked off in 2014 in partnership with Faith Evangelical Free Church in Austin, MN who will send Jon and Brianna Boyer as their Service Volunteer.
The Crossbow Media Center will be under the leadership of Htoo Lar Paw, Principal of the Bible School. Ethnic producers will be drawn from the staff and students of the school. As of Oct 2014, they have already produced Matthew and a dramatised version of Nehemiah starring Karenni actors.
The CMC is linked with Chrestos Media and will be mentored by them.