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Tai Pao in Vietnam

Tai Pao

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Tai Pao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Tai Pao in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
The Tai Pao people are part of the Kadai cluster of languages and people groups. They live in a region that is home to more than 140 small tribes.

Where are they located?
The Tai Pao people live in Laos and Vietnam.

What are their lives like?
The Tai Pao people are earnest seekers, zealously striving to interpret dreams, soliciting the help of monks and nuns, even consulting spirit mediums. Unfortunately, they are not seeking God or even wisdom. They are after something they consider much more valuable: lucky numbers. The lottery has captured their collective attention, motivating them to spend their energy and money trying to get rich quick.

What are their beliefs?
The Tai Pao practice a mixture of animism and Theravada Buddhism. Such a religious intertwining has existed in Laos since Buddhism was introduced. Even stories of the introduction of Buddhism to Laos have evolved into animistic myth.

For the Tai Pao, maintaining their culture is equally as important as their religious beliefs. Accordingly, the few Tai Pao who have been exposed to the gospel have not seriously considered it, believing that to become a Christian would be a disgrace against their culture and heritage as a Tai Pao.

What are their needs?
The Tai Pao people need transformed hearts that will be open to the things that matter.

Prayer Points
Ask Him to send workers who will communicate the unsurpassing greatness and supremacy of God and His son.
Pray for the eyes and hearts of the Tai Paos to be turned away from superficial wealth and opened toward the glorious, eternal riches of Christ Jesus.
Pray the Tai Pao would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christianity.
Pray for dreams and visions that will give them the willingness to seek Him.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Country: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:North, Nghe An province.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Tai Pao
People Name General: Tai Pao
Alternate People Names:
PaoTay Pao
ROP3 Code: 109721
Joshua Project People ID: 15194
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 12,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kadai
People Name General: Tai Pao
Ethnic Code: MSY49b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tai Pao (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tpo    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism10.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions90.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Tai Pao in Vietnam

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People Cluster
    Kadai     Asia, Southeast    
      Tai Pao Vietnam    
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            Tai Pao in Vietnam          
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      Ethnic Religions     Tai Pao  
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