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Pouhoy in Laos


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

Pouhoy in Laos

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Introduction / History
The Pouhoy ethnic group in 1995 numbered only "35 families," or approximately 200 people, living in the Kang Village of the Namo District of northern Oudomxai Province.

Even though the Pouhoy believe they are a distinct, unique people group, they have never appeared in any mission lists of Laos and are not counted in census figures for Laos. Laurent Chazee laments that small groups like the Pouhoy are "not even mentioned in official literature."

The Pouhoy are situated very near the Kongsat ethnic group, who are even smaller in size.

One scholar has speculated that the Pouhoy may be "the last remaining remnant of a Mon-Khmer group that migrated to southern Laos long ago and became today's Jeng and Oy." This possibility is strengthened by the fact both the Jeng and Oy claim to have originated far north of their present locations.

Until 1975, the Pouhoy lived under authority of the King in Luang Prabang. Over the centuries, Lao kings had the reputation for being somewhat distant from the people, unlike the present King of Thailand. If the Lao King had been closer to his people's hearts, it is possible they would have rallied around him against Commun-ism. One Lao Buddhist monk, who defected to Thailand in 1976, outlined some of the differences he saw between the Lao and Thai monarchies: "The Lao monarchy had existed for more than six hundred years. But the Lao King differed from the Thai King in his general attitude and behavior. The Lao King never made much contact with the people; he did not go out to see the people in times of distress. Mostly he stayed in his court. So the Lao King was not close to the hearts of the people in the way that the Thai King is. I am Lao, but I never once saw the King of Laos. On the other hand, in the ten years that I spent in Thailand I met the King of Thailand several times. I would also like to point out that the King of Thailand is endowed with three important qualities: he is concerned for the people, he is accessible, and he is brave."

The Pouhoy are animists, with no understanding whatsoever of the claims of Christ.

Prayer Points
* Pray the Pouhoy would soon come to know Him who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
* Ask God to prepare the hearts of the Pouhoy to follow Him.
* Pray small groups in Laos such as the Pouhoy would not be forgotten as the church reaches the lost.
* 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:Oudomxai province, Kang village in Namo district
(Source: Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999)
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People Name in Country: Pouhoy
People Name General: Pouhoy
ROP3 Code: 108137
Joshua Project People ID: 14455
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 300
Population all Countries: 300
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Southeast Asian, other
People Name General: Pouhoy
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Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Language unknown (300 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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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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Pouhoy in Laos

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People Cluster
    Southeast Asian, other     Asia, Southeast    
      Pouhoy Laos    
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            Pouhoy in Laos          
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      Ethnic Religions     Language unknown  
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