Urak Lawoi in Thailand

Joshua Project has identified the Urak Lawoi only in Thailand
Population
3,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Urak Lawoi is an ethnic group residing on several islands off the western coast of Thailand. They are one of several ethnicities sometimes known as sea gypsies. The Urak Lawoi way of life has been firmly connected to the sea, and their seaside villages were established with a communal ethic that ensured that most things were shared, and that everyone knew each other. Animist by origin, the Urak Lawoi believed that every beach, sea and bay possessed a spirit that had to be respected. Today, the Urak Lawoi way of life is changing due to the national Marine Park, the influx of tourists, and competition with commercial fisheries.


Ministry Obstacles

Pray the lure of materialism will not prevent these people from realizing their spiritual needs.


Outreach Ideas

Pray that Christians among the tourists in the region will notice the Urak Lawoi people, befriend them, and share the love of Christ with them. The New Testament is available in their language.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the few followers of Christ among this people will be accurately taught the ways of Christ, and will live lives of holiness and joy.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for safety for these seafaring people, and that they won't be exploited because of the many tourists now visiting their villages.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Urak Lawoi
People Name in Country Urak Lawoi
Population in Thailand 3,000
World Population 3,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Chao Lay, Lumoh Lawoi, Sea Gypsies, Thai Mai, Urak Lawoi Aborigine
People ID 15722
ROP3 Code 110417
Country Thailand
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southwest coastal islands, south of Phuket province; Krabi province: offshore islands, Phi Phi Don, Ha, Khlong Dao, Lang Sot and Thung; Satun province: Bu Tang, Ra Wi, and A Dang islands.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Thailand
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Southwest coastal islands, south of Phuket province; Krabi province: offshore islands, Phi Phi Don, Ha, Khlong Dao, Lang Sot and Thung; Satun province: Bu Tang, Ra Wi, and A Dang islands..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Urak Lawoi'   People group listing
Language Code: urk   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Urak Lawoi
Dialect Code: 1135   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Thai, Southern
Primary Language: Urak Lawoi'   People group listing
Language Code: urk   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Urak Lawoi
Dialect Code: 1135   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Thai, Southern
Primary Language: Urak Lawoi'

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1976)
New Testament Yes   (1998)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Today's Malay Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Today's Malay Version with Deuterocanonicals
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
98.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
Photo Source: Peoples of the World Foundation   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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