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LAOS: Worship Continues Despite Persecution and Tight Conditions

LAOS: Worship Continues Despite Persecution and Tight Conditions

Mr Han came to Christ after many years of being ill. Neither the doctor nor the village witch doctor could help him, even though he spent most of his money and killed much of his livestock.

He heard that Jesus could perform miracles, so he took his whole family to the Christian village to accept Christ. Then the persecution began.

The first year, his village threatened to force his family from the village and treated him with extreme contempt. When that didn’t work, they seized his farmland and his rubber trees. But Han still didn’t give up his faith.

Village officials then decided to charge Han an extra tax. Han was not discouraged; he challenged the authorities and continued to pray for the sick and share the Gospel with others. There are now 11 Christian families in the village worshipping at Han’s house, which is run-down due to the difficulties he has faced.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for the way he has healed and led Han. Praise Him too for Han’s strong and courageous Gospel witness in the community.
  • Pray for those who oppose Han and his message of hope and salvation.
  • Ask God to bless and encourage the Christians who worship together in Han’s home. Ask the Lord for His provision.

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LAOS: Teenager Kicked Out of House for Following Christ

LAOS: Teenager Kicked Out of House for Following Christ

After several conversations about Jesus with Peng, her 14-year-old friend, 15-year-old Sa accepted Christ as her Lord and Saviour.

Leaders in Sa’s village have a history of persecuting Christians, and numerous villagers hate Christians. Many believers have been evicted. When Sa’s parents learned she had accepted Christ and was attending church, they yelled at her for following the “religion of foreigners”. Despite their anger, Sa remained firm in her faith.

On 20 November, her parents took her clothes and threw them outside. They told her to “go live with the Christians.” Sa is currently staying with Peng and her mother, who is a widow.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that Sa will continue to grow in faith and that she will feel the Lord’s comforting and encouraging presence as she copes with the trauma of her loss.
  • Pray that God will bless Peng and her mother for their faithfulness and hospitality. Pray He will help them care for Sa.
  • Pray also that Sa’s parents and others in the community will hear the Gospel and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour just as Sa did.

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LAOS: Next Door to the Enemy

LAOS: Next Door to the Enemy

Tensions have deepened in a Khmu village where two families have come to Christ and one lives next door to a high-ranking solider, who despises Christians.

Recently, a Christian from another village came to speak with the two families, who had asked him to show them how to accept Christ. When the Christian leader arrived, the neighbour interrupted them, asking the Christian leader why he was there. The Christian calmly explained he had been invited to show the families how to accept Christ. When the neighbour protested that it was against the law to convert, the Christian leader corrected him, telling him it was legal to convert to Christianity in Laos. The neighbour made no reply and he left, and the Christian leader led the families to Christ that day.

Since that time, the neighbour continues to harass and threaten the Christians, but the Christian leader encourages them to stand firm. “Pray for these Christians,” a VOM partner wrote, “as many of the Christian communities face similar threats.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for the way He is working throughout Laos – building His church.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen and protect those who face opposition early in their Christian walk.
  • Pray for those who currently oppose the Lord and His church. Ask God to reveal Himself to the neighbour and give him a desire to come to know the path to salvation, through Jesus.

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LAOS: Permission to Follow Christ Denied

LAOS: Permission to Follow Christ Denied

When Wat and his wife wanted to accept Christ, the front line worker who shared the Gospel with them was afraid. He knew their village head was a tough man. So he advised them to ask for permission first.

The couple asked for permission, but the village head did not give it. They accepted Christ anyway.

When the village head found out, he called the couple to a meeting, where he told them, “If you do not listen, I will put cuffs on both of you and throw you in prison!” The couple answered, “How can we stop? We promised the Lord that we will not throw our faith away. Whatever circumstances come; we will not stop.”

So far, the village head has not followed through on his threat. “There are many in the village who want to become Christians, but they are afraid of the village head,” a VOM partner wrote. “Do keep them in your prayers.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Praise God for the remarkable faithfulness of these new believers. Ask Him to use their example to encourage others in the faith.
  • Thank the Lord that the threat has come to nothing. Pray the couple will continue to be bold. Ask for their protection.
  • Pray for the village leader, that he will discover the Lord for himself.

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LAOS: Laotian Teenager Kicked Out

LAOS: Laotian Teenager Kicked Out

A Laotian teenager was kicked out after her mother and stepfather realised she had become a Christian.

Monthida, 16, accepted Christ after she accompanied a friend to church. Whenever Monthida would come home late from school, her mother would quiz her on where she had been and why she was late. When her mother found out Monthida had become a Christian, her stepfather worried he would lose his job if others discovered that someone in his family was a Christian.

He and her mother tried many times to convince Monthida to give up her faith, but she would not. Finally, her stepfather told Monthida not to come back home unless she was ready to renounce Christ. Monthida is now living with a pastor and his family. “Pray that Monthida will not be discouraged,” a VOM contact in Laos wrote.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to grow Monthida in wisdom, knowledge and understanding, even during this time of great difficulty.
  • Pray for the salvation of Monthida‘s family members. Pray that the Lord will even now be softening their hearts to the Gospel.
  • Thank the Lord for the strong Christian witness in Laos, which continues despite opposition

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