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LAOS:  No Rice for Christians

LAOS: No Rice for Christians

Seven families from two tribal groups are nearing starvation after village authorities confiscated their farmland because of their faith in Christ.

About 50 people from the Khmu and Hmong tribes form the seven families. “Their faith is strong, and everyone is actively serving one another and the Lord,” wrote a VOM partner.

The families are experiencing severe persecution, however. Authorities have taken their land and do not allow them to farm. When the village experienced a drought earlier this year, the government distributed rice to everyone except Christians. Authorities told them that if they want help, they must renounce their faith. “

Presently, the Christian families are in a dire situation with no food to eat. They have tried to dig up yam and to hunt jungle animals to sell in order to get rice to eat,” the VOM partner wrote.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that the Lord will keep these families strong in their faith and give spiritual strength to each one who calls upon His name.
  • Pray the authorities in Laos come to hear and experience the love of Christ our Saviour.
  • Pray that the families receive food as well as a place for them to hold weekly worship.

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LAOS: Authorities Hold Church Leader Without Charge

LAOS: Authorities Hold Church Leader Without Charge

A church leader remains in prison while officials wait for an end to the “COVID-19 situation”.

Phong was arrested in early March after refusing police orders to renounce his faith. About 130 Christians live in Phong’s village, and police thought that arresting him would cure their Christian “problem”.

Phong’s wife said police are demanding that Christians turn in all Bibles, hymn books and other Christian materials and renounce their faith.

Although she was at first able to visit Phong in prison and take him food, no one is allowed to visit the prison now because of the coronavirus. The authorities told Phong’s wife that they are waiting for the “COVID-19 situation to be over before they charge her husband with a crime.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for Phong and his family as they endure separation and uncertainty.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen Phong physically and spiritually and supply all his needs.
  • Pray Phong will be provided with opportunities to share the Gospel, while in prison.

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LAOS: Father Expels and Threatens Sons for Attending Church

LAOS: Father Expels and Threatens Sons for Attending Church

A teenager and his younger brother were kicked out of their home recently for attending church.

Chan and Huang were in a church service outside Vientiane on 24 May when their father burst in and began swearing at them. He told them to stop worshipping and go home. Members of the congregation prevented the boys’ father from hitting them, but he later cursed at them some more and threw them out of the house.

After the boys took refuge at the home of their pastor, their father continued to threaten them, even painting threats on the family home, saying, “I do not want to see you at all; heed this if you do not want to die!” The boys stayed with a VOM-supported evangelist for several weeks until their father demanded they return to help him plant rice. “He needed them to farm,” a VOM contact said. “If there was no rice, there would still be threats.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray the Lord will provide Chan and Huang with gracious words and courage to be His witnesses, even in in the midst of strained family relationships.
  • Ask God to protect Chan and Huang and pray for reconciliation between the boys and their father.
  • Pray that these boys will sense the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit, giving them a deep peace and joy.

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LAOS: Young Couple Become Non-Citizens

LAOS: Young Couple Become Non-Citizens

A young couple who placed their faith in Christ less than six months ago have already paid a heavy price.

Shortly after Phiarune and his wife, Lai became Christians, they moved in with Lai’s parents. Lai’s parents, however disapproved of their new Christian practices, including their prayers before meals. When local police surveyed village residents, documenting the number of Christians, Lai’s father told them he didn’t want his daughter and son-in-law included in his family registration booklet, which serves as a passport combined with a social security card for the family unit.

Phiarune, Lai and their young son had to move out of the house.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that the Lord will use this time of trial to grow Phiarune and Lai in faith and spiritual maturity.
  • Join with Phiarune and Lai in praying the Lord will reveal Himself to other members of the family and community.
  • Pray that the couple will be provided with their own family registration booklet and be officially recognised by the government so they can obtain work, education and social services.

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LAOS: Three Families Expelled from Village

LAOS: Three Families Expelled from Village

Three Christian families from the Akha tribe were expelled from their village recently after refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.

Earlier this year, village authorities called the Christians to a meeting that included members of the Lao Patriotic Front. After accusing the believers of abandoning Akha customs and failing to follow the rules and traditions of the village, authorities told them that if they would not renounce their “Jesus religion” they would have to leave the village.

The Christians told them they would not renounce their faith in Christ, pointing out they had not broken any laws, but wanted to stay in the village. At that point, village leaders loaded the Christians and their belongings onto a truck, drove them to some empty farmland outside the village and left them. The authorities then destroyed the Christians’ homes in the village.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to generously provide for these families. Pray He will give them courage, and continue to keep them spiritually strong.
  • Pray the Lord will use the unwavering faith of these believers as a witness to the power of the Gospel.
  • Pray for the village authorities, that the Lord will reveal Himself to them and that they too will find salvation in Jesus Christ.