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Laos

In the year 2000, The United Methodist Church began to reach out to the people of Laos after decades of isolation. As a new, minority religion, United Methodism is technically illegal, and only permitted to exist at the discretion of public officials. In some villages, the Church is more accepted than others, but the identity of long-term missionaries is kept secret, and they settle in the country as teachers rather than pastors. The emphasis in ministry is on creating a sustainable church in Laos. Core programs include leadership development, Christian education, discipleship programs, Christian stewardship, community development, collaboration with local officials, and a vocational and language center.