The Eupa Akha tribe migrated into Laos from southern China some time during the 19th century. "Although the Akha have no written history, a rich heritage of legends, proverbs, and rituals gives them a sense of who they are and what being an Akha means." The Akha tribes in Laos prefer to remain separate from the Lao people and other ethnic groups, and are not often seen in urban centers. Results from the 1995 census found only 3.8% of Akha adults could read Lao, and 94.3% of Akha adults had never attended any level of school.
A potential obstacle to the Gospel is that it may come to the Akha people only in written form. This is not of much value if the people are unable to read it.
Workers trained in telling stories from scripture are needed for the Ahka tribes. Also, audio recordings of stories and scripture will be helpful.
Pray for the Followers of Christ
Although there are presently no known followers of Jesus among the Eupa Akha, pray for those the Lord will soon draw to himself. Pray for workers who can speak their language to be sent to teach them the scriptures.
Pray for the Entire People Group
Pray for rising literacy rates among the highly illiterate Akha tribes, and for the availability of good schools for the children.
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