Laven, Boloven in United States

Laven, Boloven
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People Name: Laven, Boloven
Country: United States
10/40 Window: No
Population: 36,000
World Population: 94,000
Primary Language: Laven
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Mon-Khmer
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The Boloven, or Laven, originate in a fertile plateau area in southwestern Laos. The ancestors of the Boloven were part of the great Khmer empire that flourished from the ninth century to the thirteenth century. The influence of Buddhism is clearly seen in Boloven society, but it serves more as a veneer to their traditional ethnic religions, such as ancestor worship and animism. The Boloven believe that ancestral spirits remain actively involved in their lives and should be cared for and fed. They are also strongly influenced by the belief that objects of nature, such as rivers, forests, mountains, and trees are inhabited by spirits who can directly influence the courses of their lives.

Ministry Obstacles

Scripture is not available in the Laven language, and there are no reports of outreach directed toward the Boloven people in the USA.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel recordings are available in the Laven language. Perhaps someone in a church near the Boloven people in the United States will offer a recording to someone in this people group.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Jesus among the Boloven people, in either Laos or the United States.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Boloven people will be able to learn the English language and be able to integrate into American society. Pray for employment opportunities.

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