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Laos

Lao Peoples Democratic Republic

Asia

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Geography

Area: 236,800 sq km

Narrow, landlocked country mainly between Thailand and Vietnam. Mountainous and 55% forested.

Population: 6,436,093    Annual Growth: 1.82%

Capital: Vientiane

Urbanites: 33.2%

HDI Rank: 133 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 147 (91% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Lao    Languages: 89 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Buddhist

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians217,5403.385.7
Evangelicals170,2152.66.8
Buddhist3,687,23857.29 

Answer to Prayer

Rapid church growth, despite restrictions and persecution. Almost all of the evangelism (and the churches that result) is led by indigenous Laotians. Growth is happening among several different peoples, in rural and urban areas, and throughout the country.

Challenge for Prayer

Much of Laos remains unevangelized. The remarkable growth of the church is still dwarfed by the size of the task remaining. Most peoples remain unreached, and the gospel has not easily crossed ethnic barriers. Buddhism and tribal religions are often blended together and prevail throughout; compare 5,000 temples to the 250 church buildings. Pray for the gospel light to shine throughout Laos and to draw many to Christ.

     For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Laos.