Lao People's Democratic Republic
Lao is spoken in Laos. The government-controlled Lao Evangelical Church is allowed to exist, but the communist government and Buddhist monks actively persecute Christians. Poverty, lack of infrastructure and mountainous terrain also make evangelistic outreach a challenge. Thanks to bold evangelists, the church continues to grow even as it experiences ongoing persecution. Most Laotians consider themselves Buddhist, but they practice a syncretistic version of Buddhism mixed with tribal animism. Most believers are persecuted by family members or village authorities who are concerned that Christians offend the spirits. The central government persecutes Christians occasionally, but there are signs of improvement.