Lakher Pioneer Mission fundraising map. Large rectangular white cotton sheet, turned over and hemmed top and bottom, with a strip of cloth stitched on in each top corner (probably for suspension), one side reinforced with a safety pin. The cloth drawn and lettered with a map of South-Asia: the coast outline and lettering in black, the sea painted blue, the main heading underlined in red, and an area around what is now the Indo-Myanmar (Burma) border painted red. This red area is named `LAKHER- LAND’. The map is headed:`LAKHER PIONEER MISSION
FOUNDED 1905’. At the foot of the map is written:`£1000 URGENTLY NEEDED TO CLAIM THIS LAND FOR CHRIST.’
Place names on the map: INDIA, BURMA, ASSAM, CEYLON. BOMBAY, MADRAS, COLOMBO, CALUTTA, RANGOON, BAY OF BENGAL. The north-east area of map is more detailed showing: Chittagong, Akyab, Arrakan, Lungleh, the Kolodyne River, and Sheakor in Lakher-Land. 1205 x 930.
Lakher is the name given to the people by outsiders: they are known to themselves as the Mara (see N.E.Parry 1932 The Lakhers London: Macmillan). This collection associated with the Lakher Pioneer Mission set up by Rev R.A. Lorrain with his wife Maud in 1907 (although this map suggests 1905). The mission was supported by Lorrainâ€™s home church in Penge. The mission is now the Mara Independent Evangelical Church.