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%
Official language: Lao Languages: 89 All languages
Largest Religion: Buddhist
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Leaders for the churches. Over 90% of all trained leaders left Laos in 1975. Most congregations do not have a trained pastor, even as church growth increases the urgency of the need. The LEC now has a Bible school training programme, complemented by a Catholic seminary and an increasing role for TEE and module-based training. Just as pressing is the need to develop reproducible training for lay leaders, in particular for the house church movements which, due to their unregistered nature, often lack the structures and resources for solid training.
There are many needs that Christian workers could help address, but missionaries are forbidden. Some believers are serving the nation through aid and development, bomb removal (dropped by the USA during the Vietnam War), business training and English teaching. Asian believers (from neighbouring China and Thailand as well as the Philippines and South Korea) have a major role to play. Pray that the foreign workers and churches would serve the Laotian people in the best possible way.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Laos.