The animism practised by Laos’ ethnic minorities requires constant appeasement of spirits. When villagers become Christians and stop participating in sacrifices and rituals, animists consider this a serious threat.
Fearful and angry, animist villagers drive Christians from their homes and farms, expelling them from their village and leaving them destitute.
Six ethnic Hmong families (25 individuals), recently driven out of their village in central Laos, are desperate to return. The district governor, Thongsam, has agreed to investigate.
Also, seven ethnic Hmong were arrested in Laos’ far north-west on 2 November after they became Christians. Five were released after renouncing their faith, while the two who refused to recant were imprisoned. Laotian prisons are squalid and torture is routine.
Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of these families who have lost much for Christ’s name’s sake; pray they will be able to return home safely and have the opportunity to share the Gospel with the rest of their village.
- Pray the Lord will strengthen and sustain the Christians in prison; pray for their release.
- Ask God to build up the faith of those who renounced their belief.