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:
The suffering Church has recognized that persecution is one factor in its growth – persecution keeps them praying and relying on God. The situation has improved very slightly; but at the local and village levels, Christians still find themselves to be targets. Persistent social pressure and the prevention of building new church buildings are two primary opposition strategies. Persecution takes personal forms as well, with strong spiritual opposition compounding family and social pressures to continue practicing traditions.
Pray for house church leaders who are singled out as targets of persecution to persevere with grace.
Pray for Lao seekers to toss aside the social pressure to practice Buddhism and place their hope in the one true God.
Pray for believers to unashamedly proclaim the Gospel to their neighbors despite close government monitoring.