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Nyaw in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
18,000 Nyaw Buddhism 0.50 % 0.40 % No No   

Nyaw in Laos

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Introduction / History
More than 13,000 Tai Nyo live in central Laos. Their main location is within the Pakkading District of Borikhamxai Province, where they are spread out over almost the entire district. The Tai Nyo spill over into the Pakxan and Borikhan districts of Borikhamxai, and also the Hinboun District of Khammouan Province.

An unspecified number of Tai Nyo also live among the Thai Isan people in northeastern Thailand. Although no figure has been estimated, it is believed there are many Tai Nyo living in Thailand.

Although they maintain a separate ethnicity, the Tai Nyo speak a language similar to Phutai. When people from the two groups meet, they are able to communicate with each other without too many problems except some different pronunciation and a few different words. Because of these similarities, the Tai Nyo were counted as part of the Phutai ethnic group in the 1995 Lao census.

Many Tai Nyo live along the Mekong River, which they fish from. The Mekong is the 12th longest river in the world (the 10th largest in terms of volume). Until recently, there was not a single bridge crossing the Mekong into Laos. The Thai-Lao Friendship bridge, constructed with the help of the Australian government, was opened in late 1993. Recently, plans have been announced to build the first dam on the Mekong in Laos. This dam will flood at least 609 square kilometers (238 square miles) of land, and will require some 43,000 people to relocate their homes.

The Tai Nyo believe in many spirits and gods. Buddhism has made little impact on them, despite the fact they have lived alongside the Lao for a considerable time. Some of the major spirits worshipped by the Tai Nyo include the spirit of the rice, water, forest, village and trees. They also worship the spirit of heaven, as do the Phutai.

There are a small number of known Tai Nyo Christians on both sides of the Lao-Thai border. They usually meet in Lao churches in Laos, or Isan churches in Thailand.

When no Tai Nyo Scriptures exist Phutai and Lao material could be used.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Gospel would spread from the Tai Nyo believers to those who remain trapped in spirit worship.
* Ask God to raise up laborers to plant churches among the Tai Nyo.
* Fervently intercede so that all Tai Nyo would soon receive a Gospel witness, and many would trust in Jesus Christ.
* 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.

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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:They live in north-east Thailand and central Laos. Most are found in the Thai provinces of Sakhon Nakhon, Naknon Phanom, Mukdahan and Nong Khai. All of these locations are near the Thai-Lao border.
(Source: Peoples of the Buddhist World, 2004)
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People Name in Country: Nyaw
People Name General: Nyaw
Alternate People Names:
Tai NoTai Nyo
Tai YorYo
ROP3 Code: 111248
Joshua Project People ID: 16148
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 18,000
Population all Countries: 99,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Tai
People Name General: Nyaw
Ethnic Code: MSY49b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Nyaw (18,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nyw    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism69.50 % 
Christianity0.50 %(Evangelical: 0.40 %)
Ethnic Religions30.00 % 
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]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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Nyaw in Laos

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      Nyaw Laos    
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