Photo 2004 by Blue Plover *
Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and
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.
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
Laos – 2,740,000;
Myanmar – 22,000;
Thailand – 19,000;
Vietnam – 176,000 and
Cambodia – 20,000
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
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%
Cambodia – 1.4% adherent and 0.3% evangelical.
There is a complete Bible translation, Jesus film and
many other resources available.
mission agencies working among them.
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.
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