Poumong in Laos

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People Name: Poumong
Country: Laos
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,500
World Population: 1,500
Primary Language: Phunoi
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: No
People Cluster: Southeast Asian, other
Affinity Bloc: Southeast Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Poumong have never appeared in ethno- linguistic lists of Laos before, even though they claim to be a unique people group. Their linguistic affiliation is also yet to be determined, although they may be related to the Pouhoy people in adjacent areas of northern Oudomxai Province.

Before 1975, the Poumong lived under the authority of the Royal palace in Luang Prabang. Before the communists came to power, they had promised to keep the Lao monarchy, but they lied. The abdication came as a shock to many Lao because the Pathet Lao had promised to retain the monarchy.

Some Poumong live in the Boun-Tai and Khoa districts of southern Phongsali Province in Laos.

What Are Their Lives Like?

We know very little about the lifestyle of the Poumong.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Poumong continue to live their lives under the belief in magic and supernatural forces, that can be manipulated through prayers and offerings. Their animistic rituals include some animal sacrifice and ancestor worship. None of the Poumong have reportedly believed in Jesus Christ, as few have ever heard the gospel.

What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Poumong people need to allow the loving Savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.

Prayer Points

Pray God himself would call evangelists and church planters to focus on the Poumong people of Laos.

Ask God to raise up Poumong disciples who will make more disciples.

Pray all Poumong would receive a chance to believe.

Pray for the Lord to show himself faithful and powerful to Poumong elders.

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