The La Ha house is built on stilts with two entrances and ladders at both ends. Many villages cultivate rice in submerged fields and build embankments to protect the soil from erosion. The La Ha grow cotton but do not weave. They believe there are many supernatural forces including spirits of the forest, the water, the mist, and the house. Old customs require that a dead person be buried with their money. In each family, only the soul of the father, which will turn into the spirit of the house after his death, is worshipped. Every year, when the ban flowers blossom, a celebration is held by every family to honour their parents.
Christian work in Vietnam is restricted, especially in rural areas, and Christian resources appropriate for these people are few in number.
Workers can contact the few Christians among the Laha, offering instruction in what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Being a disciple includes sharing what people know with family and friends, others in the Laha people group.
Pray for the very few followers of Jesus among the Laha people, that they will fellowship together, and be instructed by the Spirit of the Lord. Pray they will be given a heart to share their belief in Christ with family and friends. Pray the Laha people will be able to adequately provide for their families, with sufficient food, housing, and medical care.
Scripture Prayers for the Laha in Vietnam.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Laha|
|People Name in Country||Laha|
|Alternate Names||Khla Don; Khla Liik; Khla Phlao; Kla Dong; La Ha; Laha Ung; Xa Cah; Xa Chien; Xa Khao; Xa Lay; Xa Lga|
|Population this Country||10,000|
|Population all Countries||10,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Laha (Viet Nam)|
|Persecution Rank||25 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Lai Chau and Son La provinces: along Red and Black rivers. Source: Ethnologue 2016|