Climate: tropical monsoon; rainy season (May to November); dry season (December to April)
Terrain: mostly rugged mountains; some plains and plateaus
Environment Issues: unexploded ordnance; deforestation; soil erosion; loss of biodiversity; water pollution, most of the population does not have access to potable water
Languages: Lao (official), French, English, various ethnic languages
Government Type: communist state
URGENT is engaged in the following activities within Laos:
Communism prevents Christian converts from expressing their faith freely. Communities are often encouraged by local officials to apply pressure to Christians living among them. Though the government has initiated a new program called “freedom of religion and belief,” it’s unclear as to whether there will be any lasting, positive impact for those not adhering to a Buddhist belief system. (Source: Open Doors)
Pray for rural, underground churches to be protected from watchful eyes so that members can grow in their knowledge of Christ.
Pray for a change of heart in the leaders of provinces that remain intent on removing a Christian presence.
Pray for continued opportunities to support Laotian Christ-followers with Christian materials, discipleship training, and humanitarian aid.