2007 Pawylee, *
Thailand and Laos
Most of the Isan in Thailand
are from Laos. They
were forcefully relocated there over hundreds of years by the
now called Peoples Democratic Republic of Laos.
Isan means northeastern.
Even though they have been incorporated into Thailand and
are residents, they still have their own language and culture.
Most of the Northeastern
Thai are farmers.
Their major crops are paddy rice, cassava and sugar cane.
They also raise cattle. The availability of fresh fruits,
vegetables and fish varies with the seasons. They are family and
community oriented, which makes them generally non-competitive
They live in small villages
which are part of sub-districts, under district control. The
majority of the population lives in villages near their
surrounding farmland. Governors are appointed by the central
government. Each province has a number of representatives in the
parliamentary government correspondent with its registered
population. Isan has the highest population statistics for all
of rural Thailand and therefore the majority of the rural voting
of the country is located in Isan.
Because northeastern Thailand frequently suffers from drought,
the people who live there are often thought of as poverty
stricken. Yet, the Northeastern Thai have become an urban,
industrial labor force, and many of them have found jobs as
factory workers in the larger cities and overseas.
Thailand – 18,423,000
Laos – 7,610
Thailand – They are dispersed throughout the 17
provinces in northeastern Thailand.
Laos – They are in the
Vientiane Municipality and the surrounding area and also in
Thailand – 0.40 % adherent and 0.20 % evangelical
Laos – 0.00 % adherent and 0.00 %
There is no Bible in their own language
yet, but a translation of the New Testament
is almost completed.
The Jesus film is available in their language.
They are engaged, but more missionaries
Pray that the New Testament will be
completed soon and that copies of
it can be given to the Isan.
Pray that more missionaries will be able
to live and work among the Isan.
Pray that the Isan believers will be
able to share their faith with signs following.
Pray for a great out-pouring of the Holy
Spirit in Thailand and Laos.
Pray that the Lord will reveal himself
to the Isan.
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