Day 11

AUGUST | 2021

Laos

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The new variant of COVID-19 is fast spreading across Southeast Asia. Since the pandemic began around a quarter of a million Lao citizens working in Thailand have returned to Laos, many bringing the virus with them. In the story of Joshua, when the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet and loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. In our prayers today we raise up a loud shout for Laos, asking God to come and rescue this nation from the pandemic. We command this virus to collapse and fall in Jesus’ Name. We declare that God is with us in the midst of this pandemic (The Bible, Joshua 6:20).

Source: Lao Workers Return From Thailand, Bringing COVID-19 With Them (Radio Free Asia)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Laos is one of the world’s few remaining communist states, enduring as a one-party socialist Marxist republic supported financially by China and Vietnam. Economic progress was made in the last year, with poverty now halved, and education and health outcomes improved, but COVID-19 will set this growth back. Persecution against Christian Believers has increased in recent years. The long-standing domination of Buddhism violently attacks Christians. The Communists also want to see Believers eliminated as it considers Christianity a foreign intrusion.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Chuomaly Sayasone
HEAD OF GOV.
President Thongsing Thammavong
POPULATION
6,912,000
CHRISTIANS
3.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
19
REFUGEES
7,559
LIFE EXPECTANCY
63.88 yrs
LITERACY RATE
73%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
22%