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.
Pray the lure of materialism will not prevent these people from realizing their spiritual needs.
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 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 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|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Chao Lay, Lumoh Lawoi, Sea Gypsies, Thai Mai, Urak Lawoi Aborigine|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||South, west coast, Phuket and Langta islands. Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|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|
|Primary Language:||Urak Lawoi'|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1976)|
|New Testament||Yes (1998)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|