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Kongsat in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
100 Khmu Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Kongsat in Laos

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Introduction / History
The tiny Kongsat ethnic group, who numbered 94 people (16 families) in a 1995 study,90 live in just one location in Laos. They inhabit Nam Nyon Village in Namo District of Oudomxai Province. Because their location is immediately across from the Laos-China border, it is possible more members of this ethnic group live in China, although no evidence exists that they are found anywhere else. The Kongsat themselves say they originated in Yunnan Province, China.

Alternatively, some historians believe the Kongsat were once been the same ethnic group as the Oy of Attapu Province in the extreme south of Laos. They may have been relocated to the other end of the country for some unknown reason.

The Kongsat have lived in their present location for five generations. Before that, more than 50 Kongsat families of Supko Village were wiped out by war, epidemics and illness, which forced them to abandon their village and move 8 km (5 miles) to their new settlement.

In the past, the Kongsat say they presented gifts and traditional baskets to the King of Luang Prabang, to whom they were subject.

The Kongsat have practiced Lao and Lu customs for several generations. Multilingualism in Lao, Lu and Khmu helps them to trade. They have also been culturally influenced by the Akha, Chinese and Pouhoy. One visitor said the Kongsat are "more Chinese than Lao." The Kongsat now marry with the Pouhoy, and it seems unlikely they will be able to continue as a distinct people for much longer.

There are three main annual festivals celebrated by the Kongsat village. The Celebration of the Tiger occurs on the Day of the Tiger according to the traditional 13-day calendar used by the Kongsat. The New Year is celebrated on the 7th day of the first lunar month. Other festivities take place when a baby is born or when a new house is constructed.

Throughout their long history, few or no Kongsat people have ever been exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are a completely unreached community. Their isolation and independent mind-set has created barriers to the advance of the Christian message in their midst.

Prayer Points
* Pray God would have representatives from the Kongsat to worship Him around His throne.
* Pray the small Kongsat people group would not be forgotten by Christians.
* In Jesus' Name, break down the spiritual strongholds that have held the Kongsat captive for centuries.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Country: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:22 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Oudomxai province, Nam Nyon village in Namo district
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kongsat
People Name General: Kongsat
ROP3 Code: 105183
Joshua Project People ID: 12777
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 100
Population all Countries: 100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Lao
People Name General: Kongsat
Ethnic Code: MSY49b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Khmu
Language Code (ISO): kjg    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Lao (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions100.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1918-2016
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Khmu
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Kongsat in Laos

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People Cluster
    Lao     Asia, Southeast    
      Kongsat Laos    
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            Kongsat in Laos          
      Religion Language  
      Ethnic Religions     Khmu  
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