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Lao in New Zealand

Lao

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,400 Lao Buddhism 4.00 % 1.90 %   

Lao in New Zealand

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Introduction / History
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. When the Lao Kingdom was replaced by a communist administration during World War II, many Lao fled to Burma, Thailand and Laos.

For years, Laos was the battle field for the conflicts of other nations, as well as the object of political competition between Russia, China and Vietnam. After years of invasions, a series of bloody land wars, and possession by the French, Laos entered into good relations with its neighbors.

Most of the Lao who fled to New Zealand did so in the 1970s and 1980s when there was a great deal of unrest in their country. Laos is still under a tyrannical communist regime, so few will want to return. Many of those who left Laos are from ethnic minority groups.

Where are they located?
The Lao in New Zealand live mainly in Auckland, Wellington and the suburbs nearby.

What are their lives like?
The Lao people in New Zealand have been away from their homeland for decades, but they remain a separate community. Though their children are more comfortable with English than Lao, the community gathers together at Buddhist temples to preserve their religion and culture. They have festivals where everyone eats their favorite foods from their Southeast Asian homeland.

What are their beliefs?
More than half of the Lao are Buddhists. Traditionally, young men enter village monasteries for about three months to study Buddhism. Lao Buddhists 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. They also believe that existence is a continuing cycle of death and rebirth, a process known as reincarnation.

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."

Prayer Points
* Pray for spiritual hunger among Lao people in New Zealand that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Ask God to use the believers to share the love of Jesus with Lao and other Buddhist peoples in New Zealand.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Lao towards believers so they will be receptive to the gospel.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12989/LA
http://www.asianz.org.nz/bulletin/growing-lao-wainuiomata
https://teara.govt.nz/en/laotians
https://teara.govt.nz/mi/laotians/print
https://www.facebook.com/Laotians-in-New-Zealand-412984825401568/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ZGVyTjwto

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Country: New Zealand
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
 
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lao
People Name General: Lao
Alternate People Names:
Eastern ThaiLào
Lao BocLao Noi
Lao WiangLao-Lu
Lao-NoiLaotian Tai
Laotian ThaiLum Lao
Phou LaoRong Kong
Tai LaoTs'un Lao
ROP3 Code: 105643
Joshua Project People ID: 12989
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,400
Population all Countries: 3,569,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Lao
People Name General: Lao
Ethnic Code: MSY49b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Lao (1,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lao    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism87.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 1.90 %)
Ethnic Religions3.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious6.00 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1906-1967
New Testament:
1926-1973Audio
Complete Bible: 1932
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lao
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: ລາວ - Lao
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Lao in New Zealand

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