Vietnamese in Laos


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Introduction / History

The Vietnamese, who call themselves Kinh or Jing, have a long history. They were a collection of Mon-Khmer speaking groups who occupied areas primarily in North Vietnam around the time of Christ. About 500 years ago, the Vietnamese migrated to the southern extremities of the country, destroying the Champa Kingdom in 1471.
There has been a Vietnamese influence in Laos for many centuries, but only since the war in north Vietnam in the 1950s have large numbers crossed into Laos and formed their own communities.
The Vietnamese live in all the provinces bordering Vietnam and in the cities of Vientiane, Savannakhet and Pakse.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of them prefer to maintain their Vietnamese citizenship while traveling in and out of Laos to conduct business.
In Laos the Vietnamese are traders, factory owners and merchants. Like the Chinese they have a reputation as skilled and aggressive businessmen.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Unlike the Lao, who follow the Theravada sect of Buddhism, the Viet mostly adhere to Mahayana (`Greater Vehicle') Buddhism. They also have a complex mix of religious influence including Daoism, animism, Caodaism and ancestor worship.
About one out of 12 Vietnamese claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. Most of these are Roman Catholics with a much smaller Protestant church.


What Are Their Needs?

The Vietnamese must see that Christianity is not a foreign religion imposed on them by outsiders. They need to see the love of Christ lived out among them by Spirit-filled disciples.


Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send loving disciplers to the Vietnamese wherever they live.
Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Vietnamese that drives them to read the Bible and listen to Christian radio programs.
Pray for a church planting movement that affects every Diaspora Vietnamese community.
Pray for vibrant Vietnamese Christian believers who will disciple Lao Buddhists in the ways of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Vietnamese in Laos.


References

Peoples of Laos, Asia Harvest, Copyrighted © Used with permission


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Vietnamese
People Name in Country Vietnamese
Pronunciation vee-et-nahm-EEZ
Alternate Names Annamese; Annanese; Ching; Cing; Gin; Jhing; King; Kinh; Kinh (Việt); Viet
Population this Country 130,000
Population all Countries 87,374,000
Total Countries 36
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12700
ROP3 Code 105018
ROP25 Code 304033
ROP25 Name Vietnamese (Kinh)
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Xekong, Phongsali, Houaphan provinces, Vientiane City.   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999
Country Laos
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Xekong, Phongsali, Houaphan provinces, Vientiane City..   Source:  Faces of the Unreached in Laos, 1999

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
59.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
9.00 %
Ethnic Religions
9.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
17.00 %
Other / Small
6.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Vietnamese (130,000 speakers)
Language Code vie   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Vietnamese (130,000 speakers)
Language Code vie   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Vietnamese

Primary Language:  Vietnamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1890-1989)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1914-2011)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1916-2020)
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
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Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Vietnamese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
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