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Lao in New Zealand

Lao

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,400 Lao Buddhism 4.00 % 1.90 %   

Lao in New Zealand

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Introduction / History
Centuries ago, the Lao lived in China. However, relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward, and many settled along the Mekong River in the eighth or ninth century where they eventually formed their own kingdom. During the colonial era, the French held much power of the Lao Kingdom. When the Lao Kingdom was replaced by a Communist administration soon after World War II. For years, Laos was a battle field for power conflicts between other nations such as the US, Russia, China, and Vietnam. Many Lao fled to find a safe home. One of these safe places was New Zealand.

Where are they located?
Most of the Lao in New Zealand live in the Wellington region.

What are their lives like?
The Lao people in New Zealand still have the chance to practice Buddhism. They have their own Buddhist wat, which is both a monastery and a temple. They also promote Lao culture there.

What are their beliefs?
More than half of the Lao are Buddhists. Traditionally, young men enter village monasteries for about three months to study Buddhism. The Lao Buddhists believe that right thinking, ritual sacrifices, and self-denial will enable the soul to reach nirvana (a state of eternal bliss) at death. They live in fear of their gods and constantly strive to appease them with religious chants, rituals, and sacrifices. They also believe that existence is a continuing cycle of death and rebirth, a process known as reincarnation.

One third of the Lao are ethnic religionists, combining folk animism (belief that non-living objects have spirits) with Buddhism. They seek help through various supernatural beings and objects. Territorial deities are very important to them, because they believe these hold power in their daily lives.

What are their needs?
The Lao have been greatly affected by the fighting and bloodshed of the past. They are in desperate need of inner healing and true spiritual hope. Those who have migrated to New Zealand have the opportunity to find physical peace and spiritual peace. The blood of Jesus Christ has the power to break through the barriers that are keeping them bound, and there are plenty of Bible believing people in New Zealand who can tell them.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to lead Christian counselors to reach out to this people group. The Lao in New Zealand Lao need to know that Jesus Christ can provide the emotional healing they seek.
* Pray that the Lord will give mission agencies new strategies for effectively evangelizing the Lao diaspora.
* Ask God to use Lao believers to share the love of Jesus with their own people.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Lao towards believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among Lao Buddhists that will honor His Name in word and deed.

References
Written by Global Prayer Digest
http://www.pcc.govt.nz/About-Porirua/Moving-to-Porirua-City/Migrant-and-Ethnic-Communities/The-Lao-Community
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/laotians
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12989/LA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ZGVyTjwto
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2012/06/11

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Country: New Zealand
Continent: Oceania
Region: Australia and Pacific
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Lao
People Name General: Lao
Alternate People Names:
Eastern ThaiLào
Lao BocLao Noi
Lao WiangLao-Lu
Lao-NoiLaotian Tai
Laotian ThaiLum Lao
Phou LaoRong Kong
Tai LaoTs'un Lao
ROP3 Code: 105643
Joshua Project People ID: 12989
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,400
Population all Countries: 3,667,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Lao
People Name General: Lao
Ethnic Code: MSY49b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Lao (1,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): lao    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religions:
Buddhism87.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 1.90 %)
Ethnic Religions3.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious6.00 % 
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1906-1967
New Testament:
1926-1973Audio
Complete Bible: 1932
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Lao
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: ລາວ - Lao
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Lao in New Zealand

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