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Tchaho in Laos


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

Tchaho in Laos

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Introduction / History
Just one village of Tchaho people live in the Gnot-Ou District of Phongsali Province, in the extreme north of the country near the China border.

According to the 1995 census, a total of 24,253 people lived in the Gnot-Ou District, an average of 7.4 people per household, making it an area with one of the highest birth rates in Laos. Even in other districts within the same province birthrates are much lower. Phongsali District has an average family size of 5.6 people, Khoua District 5.8 people, and the Boun-Tai and Boun-Nua districts 5.9 inhabitants per household.

The Tchaho are a Mon-Khmer speaking group. They claim to have migrated into Laos from China, but there is no record of a similarly-named ethnic group in China today.

Animism, with elements of shamanism, is the religion of the Tchaho. Buddhism has made no impact on them. In the past, shamans, or spirit priests lived in most villages. The shamans often took advantage of the fears of the people, demanding high payment and animal sacrifices for their services that sometimes plunged a family in debt for generations.

An early missionary summarized the effects shamanism had on common people.... "This belief in witchcraft is often used by the ruling class to forward selfish interests or to wreak their vengeance upon an offending family, thus taking an unfair advantage through the aid of a superstition that they themselves believe in. The awful shadow cast over Laos life by these superstitions is simply indescribable. The people are religiously like frightened children in the dark. They call and cry to one another, but are only the more frightened by the sounds and echoes of one another's voices, and in their groupings they start and scream as they touch one another, deeming it a devil instead of a friend. They stumble, they reel to and fro, they fall and cry out in a death agony that they would rather abide in the present known evil than to be launched into the future unknown."

Trapped by inward fears and superstitions that they believe too strong to oppose, the Tchaho remain ignorant of the freedom and light that faith in Christ can bring. None have reportedly believed the Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Pray for an open road for the advance of the gospel.
* Ask God to send laborers to reach the Tchaho soon.
* Pray that God's Kingdom would come among the small yet desperately needy Tchaho tribe.
* 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: Laos
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:20 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Phongsali province, Gnot-Ou district.
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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People Name in Country: Tchaho
People Name General: Tchaho
ROP3 Code: 109912
Joshua Project People ID: 15312
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 400
Population all Countries: 400
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Southeast Asian, other
People Name General: Tchaho
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Primary Language: Language unknown (400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): Unknown     
Total Languages: 1
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Tchaho in Laos

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    Southeast Asian, other     Asia, Southeast    
      Tchaho Laos    
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