Lua in Thailand

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People Name: Lua
Country: Thailand
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 7,000
World Population: 7,000
Primary Language: Language unknown
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 4.00 %
Evangelicals: 1.67 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Lua have lived in Chiang Mai in Thailand longer than other tribes. They speak a language related to Mon Khmer. They are a different people group than the Lawa.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Lua work in agriculture and live in villages. They eat dry mountain rice. They have a low standard of living and are very poor. A lack of reliable rain in their homeland has led to disappointing crop yields. They have health problems. About one-fifth of them can read and write so the gospel will need to be presented in oral form.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Lua are animists and Buddhists. They also hold to shamanistic practices. Many of the Lua have been turning to Christianity recently, and one can barely consider them an unreached people group.

What Are Their Needs?

The Lua people need better farming methods such as irrigation. They need medical clinics to help with their health needs. Ideally, the Lua people would have good schools where they learn the Thai language so they can fully participate in Thailand’s economy.

Prayer Points

Pray that they have good health and come away from poverty.

Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful and loving by providing them with an abundant crop this year.

Pray that the Lua Christians lead others among them to Jesus Christ, leading to a transforming movement to Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project