Modern-day Laos has its roots in the ancient Lao kingdom of Lan Xang, established in the 14th Century under King FA NGUM. For 300 years Lan Xang had influence reaching into present-day Cambodia and Thailand, as well as over all of what is now Laos. After centuries of gradual decline, Laos came under the domination of Siam (Thailand) from the late 18th century until the late 19th century when it became part of French Indochina. The Franco-Siamese Treaty of 1907 defined the current Lao border with Thailand. In 1975, the Communist Pathet Lao took control of the government ending a six-century-old monarchy and instituting a strict socialist regime closely aligned to Vietnam. A gradual return to private enterprise and the liberalization of foreign investment laws began in 1988. Laos became a member of ASEAN in 1997. (CIA)



1. There is a great shortage of well-trained church leaders in the nation of Laos. Let us pray that through leadership training programs carried on mediums like radio and non-public education programs can produce new anointed leaders.

2. Even though public mission is not allowed, free ministry works and administrative works can be done through NGOs. Let us pray that these works can be used as a good foundation and channel for the proclamation of the gospel.

3. Due to persecution, the number of Christians has rapidly decreased. Let us pray that there will be revival through personal evangelism, which is permitted in Laos.