WORLD WATCH LIST

Laos

#26

House churches are forced to meet underground.

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“There are times when I feel like it’s me against the world… But God sends people. He used your ministry.”

– Sop*, a believer from Laos

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Communist And Post-Communist Oppression
Population
7,262,000
Christian population
203,000
Religions
Buddhism
Leader
President Thongloun Sisoulith
Score
69
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Christian activities are closely watched by the Communist authorities. Some churches are registered, but authorities heavily monitor them. House churches are forced to meet underground as they are considered illegal gatherings. This is especially true in rural areas.

Pastors are vulnerable to imprisonment, and once detained, their families and congregations often have to pay large amounts of money to ensure their release.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Life is especially difficult for converts to Christianity, who are at risk of persecution from their family and the local authorities. They are often subjected to pressure, violence, and rejection for refusing to renounce Christ.

Provinces in the north and regional villages in the south have traditionally been difficult places for Christians to live. The local authorities in these areas are intent on removing any Christian influence.

PRAY FOR LAOS

– Pray that imprisoned Christians will be strengthened in body, mind, and spirit.

– Pray that authorities and community leaders will view Christians as a blessing and not a threat.

– Pray for protection over local partners as they risk their safety to serve the persecuted church.

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