Daily Topic for May 17, 2016

Hebrews 3:7-9, NIV
So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried Me, though for 40 years they saw what I did.

Laotian People in Los Angeles

by BK

A pair of Buddhist monks sit cross-legged on the floor in their temple; behind them, a shrine dominates the corner of the room. But this temple is actually a prefab house, and it is not in Asia, but California. Of the 200 people regularly served by the monks, many come from the small nation of Laos in Southeast Asia.
There have never been a large number of Laotian immigrants in the U.S. The numbers peaked in the years surrounding 1980, as 105,000 Laotian refugees fled to the United States from the political disruptions and warfare in Southeast Asia. Ten years later, numbers totaled only 150,000 scattered throughout the entire U.S. As such, they have become somewhat of an unrecognized minority.
California boasts the largest population of Laotian-Americans, 7,000 of which can be found in the huge city of LA. It is easy for Laotian-Americans to become “lost in the shuffle” of such a populous place.
The gospel is available to Laotians in America, though, as in the case of the monks above, exposure does not equal acceptance. Though they spent time in a Christian church studying Christianity, they chose to continue following Buddhism. Most other Laotians have done the same.

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Pray that Laotians in Los Angeles would discover the person and love of Christ. Pray that they would be recognized as significant in their new home.


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