Khua in Vietnam

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People Name: Khua
Country: Vietnam
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,300
World Population: 6,000
Primary Language: Khua
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 1.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Translation Needed
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Khua language is related to Bru, So and Mangkong. It is part of the Mon-Khmer family of languages.

Ethnic Khua people live in the northern part of Bouarapha District in Khammouan Province of Laos. A larger number of Khua live across the border in central Vietnam, where they are officially counted as a subgroup of the Bru-Van Kieu minority. The remote area inhabited by the Khua is part of the massive Nakai-Nam Theun National Biodiversity Conservation Area.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Until recently the Khua produced all their clothing by dyeing fibers made from crushed tree bark. Today there is a growing tendency to wear Western attire.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Numerous generations of Khua have come and gone, but each has in common the Khua's belief in spirit worship and fear of demonic powers. The Khua do not have any affection for the spirits, but believe it is absolutely necessary for them to appease and placate them in order to avoid their wrath.

Although initial research has not located any professing Christians among the Khua in Laos, it is possible that many have been exposed to the gospel because of the strong witness of Bru evangelists who live in the area.

What Are Their Needs?

The Khua people need to see the Lord's power and love displayed through a power encounter. They need to know they can trust him above any spirit.

Prayer Points

Pray the Khua would see they do not have to live in slavery to spirits if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Ask God to send Holy Spirit anointed evangelists to specifically focus on the Khua.

Pray heart-felt worship of the King of kings would be heard among all peoples along the Laos-Vietnam mountain ranges.

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