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Thu Lao in Vietnam

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
200 Thu Lao Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Thu Lao in Vietnam

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Introduction / History
The Thu Lao (aka, Tulao) people were probably part of the large migration of Tai-speaking peoples who moved into southern Yunnan and Southeast Asia at various stages over the past 1,000 years. The Taiping Rebellion of 1851-1864 caused tens of thousands of people to flee the carnage that was taking place as the Taiping troops marched throughout southern China. The leader of the Taiping armies, Hong Xiuquan, believed he was the brother of Jesus Christ and that he was called by God to set up an earthly kingdom in China. The Tulao may well have migrated to their present location at that time, but this cannot be proven as the Tulao have no written account of their past.

Where are they located?
The Thu Lao (pronounced "Too-laow") people straddle the Chinese-Vietnamese border.

What are their lives like?
The Tulao have their own festivals, customs, and marriage and funeral practices.
The Tulao in Vietnam cross the border into China for weddings, funerals, and other festival occasions.

What are their beliefs?
Animism rules the thinking and actions of the Tulao people in China and Vietnam. Perhaps because of Han Chinese influence, there is also a degree of ancestor worship and Taoism. They are not Buddhists.

What are their needs?
There has been no evangelical activity among the Tulao people for many years. They have not been reached by the gospel at all.

Prayer Points
Pray for an effort to reach the Tulao before they become completely indistinguishable from the peoples around them.
Pray for spiritual freedom from the longstanding traditions that hold them in bondage.
Pray for the Tulao people to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to Christ.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to spark a disciple making movement among the Tulao people that will transform their communities in China and Vietnam.
* 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: Vietnam
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Far north, near China border, Lao Cai Province; possibly in Laos.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Thu Lao
People Name General: Thu Lao
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115545
Joshua Project People ID: 19581
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 200
Population all Countries: 200
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
People Name General: Thu Lao
Ethnic Code: AUG03z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Thu Lao (200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tyl    Ethnologue Listing
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
Bible Translation Status
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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Thu Lao in Vietnam

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