Laos is truly a memorable country – from the friendly people you meet to the lively chickens you share seats with on the bus. Its beautiful landscape expands across 91,429 square miles and is home to 6.7 million people. The majority live in rural communities with an income of about $100/month.
The Seventh-day Adventist church stands as one of the only five registered denominations allowed by communist authorities to function and do ministry in Laos. Buddhism continues to be the dominate religion throughout the nation along with Animism – the belief that non-human entities—such as animals, plants, and inanimate objects—possess a spiritual essence.
Laos’s history as the most heavily bombed country on earth has kept the country from being able to develop over the years. Though these bombs were dropped almost 50 years ago, they have yet to have all been discovered. If you were to travel to Laos today, you would have to be careful of where you step. It is estimated that there are about 80 million bombs that malfunctioned and remained live and buried in the Lao landscape to this day.
Government authorities in Laos have recently opened ways for non-government organizations, like Changing People’s Lives International Ministries to contribute to the development of their country. The Seventh-day Adventist church has a world of opportunities in this communist country where the population has more than doubled in the last 30 years.
Changing People’s Lives International Ministries works to provide most needed medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in communist Laos. It has also been able to provide mosquito nets to combat the risk of Malaria.
One of the many humanitarian projects CPL has developed is the innovative concept called “Bathroom Evangelism.” Through your financial support, we can build shower and toilet facilities in various communities to the local people who have never had access to such luxury in their homes. Next to each facility, we add a small chapel that each visitor will pass. As part of scheduling their time to use the facility, we will encourage them to take a class at the chapel, such as listening to lectures on healthy ways of living and the importance of having God as part of their daily life.
Keep this country and God’s beloved people in prayer. From simple things, He can make something beautiful. Through your partnership, even a toilet or a shower room can be a powerful tool for God to use to change people’s lives for the better!
I pray that you may be inspired to sponsor a project in this communist country. The HOPE of eternal life is just within reach of these men and women. Please consider using the blessings God has given you so that the gospel can be spread to all of Laos. Would you help us?