Since 2000, mission work has led to the creation of 80+ congregations in Laos, stretching across nine provinces, with between 10 and 100 people in each Christian community. Worshipers gather in churches and sunlit homes where they study scriptures, pray, and sing. Held back by formal restrictions and the difficulty of travel, Laotian United Methodists labor with patience. Congregations grow as friends and family members come around one or two at a time. They have also begun reaching out into communities by offering vocational training, creating educational opportunities, empowering women, and strengthening the local economy.