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Urak Lawoi in Thailand

Urak Lawoi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,100 Urak Lawoi' Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 1.00 % No   

Urak Lawoi in Thailand

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The Urak Lawoi is an ethnic group residing on several islands off the western coast of Thailand. They are one of several ethnicities sometimes known as Sea Gypsies. The Urak Lawoi way of life has been firmly connected to the sea, and their seaside villages were established with a communal ethic that ensured that most things were shared, and that everyone knew each other. Animist by origin, the Urak Lawoi believed that every beach, sea and bay possessed a spirit that had to be respected. Today, the Urak Lawoi way of life is changing due to the national Marine Park, the influx of tourists, and competition with commercial fisheries.

Ministry Obstacles
Pray the lure of materialism will not prevent these people from realizing their spiritual needs.

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Pray that Christians among the tourists in the region will notice the Urak Lawoi people, befriend them, and share the love of Christ with them. The New Testament is available in their language.

Pray for the followers of Christ
Pray the few followers of Christ among this people will be accurately taught the ways of Christ, and will live lives of holiness and joy.

Pray for the entire people group
Pray for safety for these seafaring people, and that they won't be exploited because of the many tourists now visiting their villages.

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Country: Thailand
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Southwest coastal islands, south of Phuket province; Krabi province: offshore islands, Phi Phi Don, Ha, Khlong Dao, Lang Sot and Thung; Satun province: Bu Tang, Ra Wi, and A Dang islands.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Urak Lawoi
People Name General: Urak Lawoi
Alternate People Names:
Chao LayLumoh Lawoi
Sea GypsiesThai Mai
Urak Lawoi Aborigine
ROP3 Code: 110417
Joshua Project People ID: 15722
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 3,100
Population all Countries: 3,100
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Malay Peoples
People Cluster: West Malaysia Indigenous
People Name General: Urak Lawoi
Ethnic Code: AUG05
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Urak Lawoi'
Language Code (ISO): urk    Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect:Urak Lawoi
Dialect Code:1135
Secondary Languages:
Thai, Southern (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions98.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent10.00 %
Protestant35.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic55.00 %
(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 4   Greater than or equal to 2% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1976
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Malay Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Malay Version with Deuter ...
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Urak Lawoi in Thailand

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