Pray for Laos

Learn about and pray for Laos in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Laos’ history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Specific prayer points are included in each email.

Introduction

Laos, a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, is known for its traditional “sabai di” greeting. It’s mostly mountainous and one of the few remaining communist nations, with a history of French colonial rule until 1954.

Since 1975, communism has persisted, making Laos one of Asia’s poorest and most underdeveloped nations, particularly in rural areas where most of the population depends on agriculture and natural resources. Economic reforms have eased poverty, but foreign investment remains vital.

Christianity faced suppression after the communist takeover, with many fleeing and those who remained practicing in secret. Buddhism, intertwined with animist beliefs, dominates, but the Laotian Church shows growth amid challenges, driven by indigenous believers.

Read on to learn how you can pray for Laos.

 

Laos girl holding umbrella in rice field
map of Laos

Fast Facts

Capital City: Vientiane

Population: 7.5 million (76% unreached)

People Groups: 126

Unreached People Groups: 96

Frontier People Groups: 51

10/40 Window: Yes

map of people groups in Laos

Major People Groups: 39% Lao (Laotian Tai, Lao-Lu); 12% Khmu (Lao-Theng)

Major Religions: Buddhism 53%, Ethnic Religions 42%

Language: Lao, Khmu, Hmong

GDP Per Capita: $7,800

Literacy Rate: 85%

Did you know? The term “Lao PDR” stands for the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, but it’s often humorously interpreted as “Please Don’t Rush” due to the relaxed pace of life.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Laos

Laos is a small nation of only 7.5 million people, but it has an incredibly diverse 126 people groups; of which, 96 are unreached.

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Laos:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Lao Buddhism 3,565,000
2. Phu Thai Buddhism 234,000
3. Lao Phuan Buddhism 155,000
4. Thai Buddhism 150,000
5. Tai Lue Buddhism 136,000
6. Akha Ethnic 121,000
7. Tai Kao Ethnic 108,000
8. So Buddhism 90,000
9. Northern Katang Ethnic 71,000
10. Laven Ethnic 61,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Laos is ranked #31 on the 2023 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

The Communist authorities of Laos consider most church meetings ‘illegal gatherings’.

Registered churches are heavily monitored; any others have to operate secretly. Leaders of unregistered churches have been arrested and held for as long as a year, with huge sums charged for their release. Known Christians can easily lose their jobs.

In October 2022, a pastor in central Laos was killed. People from the Buddhist-animist community who become Christians face pressure and can be expelled from their homes.

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

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