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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 

Challenges for Prayer

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.

     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.