|Sources of Persecution||Communist Oppression|
|Leader||President Bounnhang Vorachith|
Laos: Dangerous To Follow Jesus.
Christians make up about 2% of the population in Laos. There is some freedom for Christians to meet in more developed areas, but in the rural regions many find themselves harassed, isolated and even imprisoned.
Abandoning tribal traditions to become a Christian is seen as a betrayal. Believers are often chased out of their villages and even forced to live in the jungle. Their families think their faith will anger the spirits and even blame them for sickness.
Christianity An Insult To Buddhists.
Buddhism plays a big part in society and is central to Lao culture. Christianity is seen as something foreign and a threat to their way of life. Believers have to be very careful when living out their faith.
Building new churches is almost impossible as you need government approval and extensive amounts of paperwork needs to be submitted. Worshipping or reading the Bible in illegal places can result in jail time, fines or violent punishment. Since their homes are so small, trying to worship in secret is impossible. If someone converts to Christianity their spouse can threaten divorce, and their families can cut them off from their inheritance.
Because of the negative views of Christianity, believers are often limited when accessing resources. They can be denied employment and acceptance into schools.
Half of all Christians in Laos come from the Khmu Tribe. A Bible is yet to be translated into their language making discipleship and teaching nearly impossible.
All of these things make personal growth and evangelism very difficult in Laos.
Pray for endurance so believers can withstand persecution, especially in rural areas.
Pray for a Bible translated into the language of the Khmu Tribe.
Pray for the government to approve places of worship, new church buildings and Christian literature.