Population: 6,803,699 - ranks 102nd worldwide
Official Language: Lao
Religion: Buddhism is the predominant religion.
Geography: Area - 236,800 sq. km. Narrow landlocked country mainly between Thailand and Vietnam.
Six of Joyce’s books have been translated and printed in Lao; 30,000 have been distributed through outreaches.
Hand of Hope has funded and operated children's homes in this country.
2011: Hand of Hope served thousands of families who suffered due to the massive flooding. Supply relief bags, which contained rice, tin fish, oil and vegetables along with Joyce’s book Tell Them I Love Them were provided to families. We worked with four churches to set up facilities in five locations for temporary housing, each of which had food, bedding and temporary shower and toilet facilities.
Hand of Hope serves over 150,000 meals yearly through our feeding programs in Laos.
Hand of Hope has partnered with John Maxwell's EQUIP leadership training ministry to conduct the Million Leaders Mandate, a global initiative striving to train at least one million leaders worldwide.
Hand of Hope supported church plants throughout the country.
Television and Radio
Joyce’s Enjoying Everyday Life television show has been available in Thai in select areas of Laos.
- Through our Water Relief program, Hand of Hope helps dig wells to provide fresh drinking water to villages.
- 2013: Hand of Hope distributed 22 water filters to each of the feeding centers within local churches and the children’s homes so that all of the children in the feeding programs and homes
have access to clean drinking water.
- 2012: In conjunction with Australian Christian Church International Relief, Hand of Hope has sponsored 10 water filters for medical clinics in Laos.