Akha, Pouly of Laos The Pouly are easily the largest Akha group in Laos, and were probably the first Akha group to migrate to Laos. They claim there was some of their group living in Laos from 1850, but the main migrations took place after 1900. The twin strongholds of animism and ancestor worship predominate among the Pouly Akha. They are especially afraid of two kinds of spirits: the spirit of a child who dies before being named, and the spirit of a woman who dies giving birth. They have a ceremony of healing for the family of a sick person. They must sacrifice a minimum of 20 chickens, five pigs and three eggs, and are required to pay money (1,200,000 kips, or about $180) to the shaman. These ceremonies are extremely costly for the Akha and may plunge a family into debt for many years to come.
Ministry Obstacles Laos does not provide a ready welcome to outsiders who come to bring Christ to the people. Creative access approaches will be helpful.
Outreach Ideas Please pray for Gospel radio to be widely available in the Akha language, and for the people to learn of these broadcasts. Pray they will be given understanding as they listen.
Pray for the followers of Christ There are a few Christians among the Pouly Akha of Laos, a precious few. Please pray the Lord will protect their faith, and send them teachers to help them.
Pray for the entire people group Pray the Akha will be completely set free from superstition and the bondage of worshipping ancestors and things that have no life in them at all.
Scripture Focus "Now to Him who is able to do exceedlingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21
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