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Thirty-five young Christians were arrested by police in Meung Feung in northern Laos on September 18. All of the believers, who were reportedly in the area for a tree-planting project, were then held in detention. Later on, 30 of them were released, including the mother of a four-month-old child. The group is reportedly very active in sharing the gospel and has helped lead many people to the Lord. Many are deeply concerned for the welfare of the five who remained detained.

Imprisoned Laotian Christians often face brutal treatment at the hands of authorities, including vigorous interrogation, torture and solitary confinement. In some instances, believers have been given sentences of over one year. The families of imprisoned believers also occasionally face harassment. (Source: VOM-New Zealand)

Pray for the release of the five believers. Ask God to give them endurance of faith as they suffer for Him. Pray for boldness and wisdom for Laotian Christians as they share the love of Christ amid ongoing threats of harassment and imprisonment.

Find out more about the trials Christians face in Laos at the Laos Country Report.

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Country Information

Population
7,574,356 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Lao (53.2), Khmou (11), Hmong (9.2), Phouthay (3.4), Tai (3.1), Makong (2.5), Katong (2.2), Lue (2), Akha (1.8), other (11.6)

Religion (%)
Buddhism (64.7), Christianity (1.7), none (31.4), unspecified (2.1)

Leader
President Thongloun Sisoulit (2021)

Government type
Communist state

Legal system
Civil law system similar in form to the French system

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Laos

Pray for strength and courage for Christians as they continue to face pressure and imprisonment for their faith.

Pray for the government of Laos -- that those in power will continue to improve policies and activities, recognizing the need for freedom for all their citizens.

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