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Khmu in Laos


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
714,000 Khmu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 9.00 % No   

Khmu in Laos

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Introduction / History
The Khmu Ou are easily the largest ethnic minority group in Laos. More than 450,000 live across a widespread area in northern Laos, spanning eleven provinces. The largest concentrations are found in Houaphan, Phongsali and Vientiane provinces. Nearly all the Khmu people in Laos are Khmu Ou.

There are several clans among the Khmu Ou. Each clan is named after a bird, mammal or vegetable. Members of the clan are not allowed to kill, eat or harm the animal or vegetable that their clan represents.

In most locations the Khmu Ou live at the base of mountains and in forest valleys 400-800m (1,310-2,620 feet) above sea-level. They often live with or near the Hmong, Iu Mien, Lao and Pong.

For centuries the Khmu Ou have been animists, worshiping various deities. Some of their principal spirits include the 'King spirit', the spirit of the house, forest, rivers, rice, and livestock.

In addition, there are approximately 50,000 Khmu Ou Christians in Laos. Christians workers have seen the start of a people movement to Christ in recent years. More than half of the total number of professing Christians in the entire country of Laos are Khmu Ou.

When a Khmu Ou village was visited by missionaries in 1902, they excitedly reported, "Most of the men and women and even the children could speak Lao.... The people were all glad to see us. Those from the neighboring village of Katang Kala came with drum and gongs to welcome us. Chickens, eggs, and rice were given in abundance. They assured me if there was a resident missionary many whole villages of Kamu and the Lao as well would become converts."

In 1998, the following report indicated the great hunger many Khmu have to find God.... "We received a report from a Khmu pastor, who complained that he hadn't been able to get a good night's sleep for months. The pastor was the only person in the area who owned a VCR. The Khmu's hunger for spiritual truth is so great that many have been watching the Jesus film practically around the clock. They have no idea how to rewind the video and watch it again, so every few hours throughout the night the pastor hears, "Wake up! We want to watch it again!"

Prayer Points
* Pray the flames of revival among the Khmu Ou would be flamed into a massive fire by the Holy Spirit.
* Ask God to strengthen and mature the many new Khmu Ou believers.
* Pray the Khmu Ou church would be used by God to take the Gospel to all peoples throughout Laos.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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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:Scattered in north.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Khmu
People Name General: Khmu
Alternate People Names:
KhaKha Cau
KhomuLao Terng
ThengXa Cau
ROP3 Code: 114799
Joshua Project People ID: 18878
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 714,000
Population all Countries: 826,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Khmu
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Khmu (714,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kjg    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism33.00 % 
Christianity10.00 %(Evangelical: 9.00 %)
Ethnic Religions54.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent20.00 %
Protestant70.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 5   Greater than or equal to 5% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1918–2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Khmu
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Khmu in Laos

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    Mon-Khmer     Asia, Southeast    
      Khmu Laos    
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