The Lao Phuan live mostly in Laos and Thailand. Many live in Thailand because of war in the nineteenth century, which brought many Lao Phuan as captives of war. The term Lao Phuan in Thailand means “transported Lao.” Many of the Lao Phuan are farmers and cultivate rice. The Lao Phuan hold the family unit as the core of their society. Even though the Lao Phuan sustain patriarchal values they do not divide work and home tasks by gender, both genders work in all areas of the home and work life. The Lao Phuan are predominantly Buddhist, they combine animistic practices with their Buddhist rituals. The Lao Phuan believe that they must live to please guardian and regional or local spirits.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Laos is one of the least-developed nations in the world, and one major way of reaching the Lao is through compassion ministries. Asia’s Little One’s aims to reach children who are in poverty. In the article, “Ga Nong’s Promise”, we read the story of a young impoverished child who has been able to receive an education and dreams of becoming a doctor. A global worker who has been a part of Ga Nong’s journey states, “they have never seen a girl with her background dare to dream so big! They are convinced this is a desire the Father has placed in her heart and are excited to watch Ga Nong fulfill her promise and all that the Father is doing in her.”
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
Asia Pacific Region needs workers who will partner with them to build community and bring hope. Laos is an undeveloped country with many opportunities such as a street kids program or development projects. The AP Spend Yourself website states; “Laos calls to the warrior; it is no place for those unwilling and unready to make sacrifices.”
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Lao Phuan women often enter into prostitution in order to escape poverty and to provide for their families.
- Pray for God to lovingly reveal himself to Lao Phuan, that they may see the value and worth that we have in Him.
- Pray for the Christian Lao Phuan, that they may be encouraged by one another’s faith and continue to hold to the gospel despite opposition.
- The Lao Phuan have no Christian resources. Pray that a Bible will be written in their language and a JESUS film produced.