A group of new Christians in a Laotian village have been blamed for the unrelated deaths of three men. When the deaths occurred shortly after their conversion, the community concluded they had angered their ancestors.
In March 2013, two evangelists shared the gospel in three remote villages in Laos. As a result, 178 people received Christ and 18 were baptised. Shortly afterward, three men from one of the villages died from unrelated causes. One was given the wrong medicine, one died in his sleep and the third was accidentally electrocuted while trying to run a cable line.
The shaken community consulted with a witch doctor, who concluded that the strange new religion introduced to the community had angered their ancestors. ‘Those Christians have to renounce their faith or they have to leave the village!’ he warned. ‘Otherwise, more people will die.’ The community leader became angry with the new Christians and called a meeting for the whole village; army and police officials were also present. At the meeting, authorities ordered the believers to renounce their faith. They also forced the Christians to pay travel expenses for the army and police officials and to pay funeral costs of the three who had died.
Source: VOM Sources
- Praise God for the evangelists’ work in Laos and the group of new believers.
- Pray that the believers will be firm in their faith despite this opposition.
- Pray that God’s word will convict and transform those still worshipping their ancestors.