PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the government of Laos to counter terrorism by providing strong enforcement procedures, efficient security organizations and effective border security.
     
  • Pray for the plans of Laos’ small terrorists insurgency to be defeated.
     
  • Thank God for his faithfulness and the faithfulness of his Church in Laos. Despite restrictions and persecution, the Church in Laos is growing.
     
  • Pray for God to protect and sustain his Church in Laos amidst terrible persecution, especially the Christian leaders, who are being specifically targeted by the authorities.
     
  • Pray for speak comfort and love to reach the hearts of the Christian Believers among the traumatized Hmong fleeing through the jungle or who are refugees in Thailand, so that they will not lose faith or hope. Pray that God may draw them to prayer and deliver them from their enemies. (Psalm 3:8)
     
  • Ask God to turn the hearts of world leaders from indifference to indignation that leads to action. (Proverbs 21:1)
     
  • Pray for God to pour out His Spirit mightily on the majority Lao people, emboldening the Lao Church and opening Lao hearts to receive the gospel.


Find ministries and organizations working in Laos at Joshua Project | Laos.

 

 

FACTS
Population: 6,338,000
Total People Groups: 148
Unreached People Groups:135
Region: Southeast Asia
Official National Language: Lao
Secondary National Language:
Religions: Buddhism 56.8%, Ethnic Religions 36.0%, Non-Religious 3.9%, Christianity 3.1%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 9
Percentage of People in Poverty:  30.7%

LOCATION
Laos, officially known as the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked communist state in southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south and Thailand to the west. After a period as a French protectorate, Laos gained independence in 1949. A long civil war that lasted for two decades ended when the communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975. Laos’ thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, with some plains and plateaus. The Mekong River forms a large part of the western boundary with Thailand, whereas the mountains of the Annamite Chain form most of the eastern border with Vietnam.

RELIGION
Laos’ population is approximately 61% Buddhists and only 1.85% of its citizens are Christians.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
The Laos government, still one of the world’s most severe abusers of religious liberty, has explicitly declared its intention to “eliminate Christianity.” Laos is ranked No. 9 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.” The government not only severely persecutes Christians, but it is also pursuing a genocidal war against the Hmong, using military means that include gross barbarity, chemical weapons and starvation. Thanks to Gospel radio and indigenous missionaries, the 20th century saw revivals amongst the Hmong and the Khmu, which sometimes involved whole villages turning to Christ. Over 90% of trained church leaders left Laos in 1975 in the face of persecution from communists. It is still dangerous and difficult for church leaders to leave the country to get training.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors