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Pu Thuam Hang (born 1870), [1] chief of Khuasak, was the first Christian convert among the Zomi (Chin) in Chin State, Burma.

Conversion to Christianity Process of religious conversion in which a previously non-Christian person converts to Christianity

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Chin State State in Western Myanmar, Myanmar

Chin State is a state in western Myanmar. The 36,019-square-kilometre (13,907 sq mi) Chin State is bordered by Sagaing Division and Magway Division to the east, Rakhine State to the south, Bangladesh to the south-west, and the Indian states of Mizoram to the west and Manipur to the north. The population of Chin state is about 478,801 in 2014 census. The capital of the state is Hakha. The state is a mountainous region with few transportation links. Chin State is sparsely populated and remains one of the least developed areas of the country. Chin State has the highest poverty rate of 73% as per the released figures from the first official survey.The official radio broadcasting dialect of Chin is Falam. There are 53 different subtribe and languages in Chin State. There are nine townships in Chin State. Hakha, Thantlang, Falam, Tedim, Tonzang, Matupi, Mindat, Kanpetlet and Paletwa townships. In 1926,it became a part of Pakokku Hill Tracts Districts of British Burma until 1948,January 4.

Reverend Arthur E. Carlson and Mrs. Laura Carlson, Swedish-American Baptist missionaries, came to Hakha, Chin State, Burma, in 1899. This couple sent a Kayin pastor named Saya Shwe Zan to Khuasak, to preach about Christianity, as they had heard that the Sizang people could understand the Burmese language. Pu Thuam Hang was at first reluctant to convert, as he was concerned over the resulting loss of social and economic status. [2] Two of his sons suffered from illnesses; after one was cured by Dr. Eric Hjalmar East, and the other apparently miraculously, Pu Thuam Hang was converted. [1] [2] Dr. East baptized Pu Thuam Hang and Thuam Hang's wife on May 15, 1905 along with Pu Pau Suan. [3] Pu Thuam Hang was later ordained. [1]

Missionary member of a religious group sent into an area to do evangelism

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Hakha City in Chin State, Myanmar

Hakha is the capital of Chin State in Myanmar

Karen people Ethnolinguistic group of people in Myanmar and Thailand

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