Families in two villages in Laos have been asked to leave their homes and resettle elsewhere because they have turned to Christ.
Release contacts say that in Keang Khean in north-central Laos, the village chief has asked all Christians to leave immediately. Tensions in the village, which is in the Chomphet district of Luang Prabang province, are said to be running so high that our contacts are unable to visit the Christians in question.
Meanwhile, three families in a village called Sanam have been given official notice they should leave, after two years of persecution. The 18 members of the Ser, Taam and Thong families had their papers confiscated last year and still have not had them returned.
Our contacts have also requested prayer for a house church in the Hom district of Vientiane province. The four families who founded this church came to Christ after a woman was healed of a serious illness in 2005 when a pastor prayed for her.
The families had been attending a church which was a six-mile walk away, but decided to set up a church in their own village, a congregation that has since swelled to 16 families. However, they have faced stiff opposition in their village, including accusations that their worship creates disharmony. On one occasion, a police officer threatened them with violence unless they recanted their faith.
(Source: Release partners)
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- Thank God for the resilience and courage of these Christian families in Laos who risk everything as they bear witness to God’s love. Pray that they will draw many others to Christ.
- Pray for the officials who are demanding these Christians leave their villages. Pray that they will see that these Christians can bring positive change to their communities, rather than discord.
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