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A rice field in Laos - Photo: Unsplash / Pascal Muller

Early this year, Sithong Theppavong started a small church in Savannakhet Province by meeting for worship in a farming area. However, he has since encountered opposition and received warnings several times to cease his ministry. Each time he has refused.

On March 15th, authorities approached him, mandating he sign an agreement to desist. When he refused, Sithong was arrested. At last report, he remains in detention and is not allowed any visitation. No further information about Sithong's case, nor any news of his well-being, has been released. There are concerns that he could become a victim of "enforced disappearance." For more about persecution in Laos, visit our country report.

Please pray for God's divine protection over Sithong, and other Christians in Laos who are at risk of punishment or other forms of persecution for their endeavours to provided needed ministry in various communities. Ask the Lord to also bring comfort and encouragement to Sithong's family and friends, as they anxiously await news of their loved one. May information be made available to them about his whereabouts, and eventual contact with Sithong be made, while praying for His hopeful release from custody.

Current Ministry Project

VOMC is working with an international ministry partner to provide New Testament Bibles to persecuted Christians and new believers, as well as those who are earnestly seeking Christ. Since the Word of God is a vital means through which believers can grow in spiritual maturity to the fullness of Christ – for the Holy Spirit-inspired words contain the power to dramatically transform lives – the distribution of New Testaments also serves as an effective tool in combating persecution.

Project Fund: Bible (Distribution)

Country Information

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)

President Thongloun Sisoulit (2021)

Government type
Communist state

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

Source: CIA World Factbook

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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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Laos News

  • Detained Pastor Confirmed Alive and Released
    Pastor Sithong - Photo: Radio Free Asia www.rfa.org
    Pastor Sithong at a wedding in 2018.
    Photo: Radio Free Asia

    On March 15th, 2020, Pastor Sithong Theppavong was approached by authorities who demanded that he agree to no longer hold worship services at a small church in Savannakhet Province, Laos (see this report). When Pastor Sithong refused, he wa

  • Imprisoned Pastor's Family Facing Harassment
    A road in Laos - Pixabay / anniikaa

    Earlier in 2020, it was reported that Sithong Theppavong, the pastor of a small church in a farming area of Savannakhet Province, received repeated warnings to cease his ministry. On March 15th, 2020, he was arrested without any indication of charges. For more details on his arrest, visit VOMC's pr

  • Christians Forced to Flee Their Homes
    A forest in Laos - Photo: Pixabay

    Local authorities in the Laotian province of Salavan chased seven Christians from their homes, forcing them to live within makeshift huts in the woods, all because these believers refused to renounce their faith. The Christians were members of two families from the village of Pasing-Kang. Since thei