What’s Life Like For Christians?
The reporting period for the 2024 World Watch List began with a shocking moment for Christians in Laos: the killing of a pastor in October 2022. Across the country, violence rose substantially this year over last year—a horrible increase even for a place used to physical threats.
The spike in violence comes in addition to the common pressure that Lao believers experience. At the local level, Communist authorities heavily monitor religious activities in some parts of the country. In these areas, church leaders reported cases of local authorities closing down house churches. These gatherings must operate under the radar; technically, they are illegal. But even among registered churches, the threats are real.