On 18 March local authorities shut down a large evangelical event being held at a soccer field. The Gospel Music Festival, hosted by the Lao Evangelical Church (LEC), attracted pastors from all 16 of the country’s provinces, as well as pastors and musicians from outside Laos.
Although the event had been approved by the central government, local police shut down the event, citing the “illegal” presence of foreign musicians and pastors. The festival was temporarily allowed to continue indoors at a nearby church, but police later arrived in two trucks and attempted to arrest the pastor who was speaking.
The event was immediately cancelled. The Lao government has since apologised for police interference and has invited the LEC to reschedule the event.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs USA
- Praise God that in spite of the opposition of man, His Word is being proclaimed and celebrated in Laos. Pray against further resistance at the rescheduled event.
- Pray the Christians throughout Laos will not lose heart but persevere in their worship of the Lord and their dedication to the Gospel.
- Pray for those in authority in Laos, that many would have the chance to hear the Gospel preached and come to put their trust in the Lord.