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Lao People Group

Lao Boys Gone Fishing

Photo 2004 by Blue Plover *

Countries:  Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia

History:  Centuries ago, the Lao lived in China.  Pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward, and many settled along the Mekong River in the eighth and ninth century. When the Lao Kingdom was replaced by a Communist administration during World War II, many Lao fled to Burma, Thailand, and Laos. 

Their Lives:  The Lao are not mountain dwellers, they prefer the lowlands and the plains.  They are predominantly rice farmers but they do raise some other crops such as cotton, coco palms and some fruit.  Some raise a few cattle, pigs, goats and chickens as well.  Some are fishermen.  They live along the river side or near roads in villages having from ten to several hundred houses. 

The Buddhist Wat (temple) is the center of village life.  Their chief handles civil problems and the Buddhist Monk handles the religious issues.  About 1/3 of the Lao are ethnic religionists combining folk animism with Buddhism.  They seek help through various supernatural beings and objects.

Population:
    Laos – 2,740,000;  Myanmar – 22,000;  Thailand – 19,000; 
    Vietnam – 176,000 and Cambodia – 20,000 

Location:  Laos – in the lowlands; Thailand – in the northeastern regions on the bank of the Mekong River;  Vietnam – in the plains;  Cambodia – in the lowland regions of northern Cambodia near Laos; Myanmar – no information

Language:  Lao

Religion:  Buddhism

Christian %:
    Laos – 3.50% adherent and 1.90% evangelical.                                                                   
    Myanmar – 3% adherent and 0.9% evangelical.
    Thailand – 1% adherent and 0.0% evangelical.
   
Vietnam – 3.4% adherent and 2.6%  evangelical.
    Cambodia – 1.4% adherent and 0.3% evangelical.

Scriptures:  There is a complete Bible translation, Jesus film and many other resources available.

Missionaries:  There are mission agencies working among them.

Prayer Points:

  • Pray that they will desire to seek after God.

  • Pray that God will reveal himself to them.

  • Pray that signs and wonders will follow them that believe – that when they pray for the sick, they will be healed. 

  • Pray for miracles to happen in their midst.

  • Pray for more Christian workers to take the Good News of the Kingdom of God to them.

  • Pray that their hearts are ready to receive the Good News and that it will take root and bear fruit.

* Image License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license 3.0 Unported

Who?  What? Where?

"In a nutshell" as they say, SEAMIST works in South East Asia!  We plant churches in South East Asia.  We try to focus all our efforts and resources on reaching the least reached peoples in South East Asia.

What does "least reached" mean?  It simply means the people groups that have few or no workers reaching out to them, few or no churches or believers in Jesus Christ.  These would be the most needy of all people in the world!

Our workers are trained to use contextual methods to share the good news.  We just want everyone to know about Jesus!  Our goal is always to leave behind a New Testament church. 

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