Missionaries With Home Field Advantage

Laos

Praise the Lord that Christian Aid is reaching the nations!

— Donna K., PA

The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

Thank God for the good work you are doing.

— David E., NY

I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.

— DonnElise K.

Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.

— Janet H., MT

Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.

— Sonja K., ME

Praying for each of you every day!

— Kenneth S., FL

God bless everyone involved in Christian Aid.

— Sheila B., CA


Top 5 People Groups

Lao: 3,286,000

Khmu: 763,000

Tai Kao: 295,000

Hmong Daw: 256,000

Phu Thai: 238,000

Religion

Buddhist: 59.6%

Ethnic: 32.5%

Non-Religious: 4.4%

Christian: 3.4%

Evangelical: 2.2%

Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project


About Laos

Laos is a narrow, landlocked country mainly situated between Thailand and Vietnam. It is home to 145 People Groups, 123 of whom remain unreached according to the Joshua Project. The largest People Group is the Lao; Centuries ago, the Lao lived in China. However, relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward, and many settled along the Mekong River in the eighth or ninth century. More than half of the Lao are Buddhists. They believe that right thinking, ritual sacrifices, and self-denial will enable the soul to reach nirvana (a state of eternal bliss) at death. They live in fear of their gods and constantly strive to appease them with religious chants, rituals, and sacrifices. One third of the Lao are ethnic religionists, combining folk animism (belief that non-living objects have spirits) with Buddhism. They seek help through various supernatural beings and objects. Of major importance to them are the "territorial deities."

After the communist takeover in 1975, one goal was to eradicate Christianity from the country. Even though their constitution professes freedom of religion, any expression of these beliefs must be "beneficial to the country and people." Since Buddhism has existed for centuries, it is accepted as part of the Laotian culture but Christianity is not.

Christian Aid supports indigenous missionaries who seek to work with remote tribal groups as well as give aid to Christians forced from their homes by government persecution.

Recent Prayerline Posts

LAOS. Christmas is the most strategic time to reach people with the gospel. Christ for Laos wants to help churches host outreach celebrations, which include a special meal, gifts and the sharing of the story of Christ’s birth, as well as the gospel, through songs, skits and preaching ($300 per outreach). ...

LAOS. Persecution. Cost. Faith. Believers in Laos risk their lives, homes and belongings to stand with Christ. Some receive threats of eviction from their village. Recently seven families faced an ultimatum: Reject Christ, leave the village, or endure worse consequences. Christ for Laos wants to provide $3,000 to help them move and develop a new village. ...

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