WHO IS THE LEADER OF LAOS?
The leader of Laos is President Bounnhang Vorachit. He has been in power since April 2016.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN Laos?
There are currently around 225,000 Christians living in Laos - they make up just over three per cent of the total population of 7 million.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN LAOS?
Laos is ruled by the Communist party, and while Buddhism is an accepted religion as part of the country's national heritage, other religions are seen as a threat. Christianity is seen as a western ideology, and therefore hostile.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN LAOS?
Christians must take extreme caution to stay on the good side of the Communist authorities. House churches are considered ‘illegal gatherings’ and must operate in secret. The authorities use information from registered churches, which are government-controlled, and local leaders (mostly Buddhist monks) to put pressure on Christians.
Believers from Buddhist backgrounds bear the brunt of persecution as they are considered to have betrayed their Buddhist-animist community. They are frequently put under pressure by their own extended families.
“I already knew that persecution would come, that someone would persecute me... despite what happened to me, I am still very happy that I believe in Jesus.”
- Laotian believer
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN LAOS?
You can give to provide vital support
Through local church partners, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Laos by providing Christian materials, leadership training, discipleship programmes, advocacy, relief and practical aid.
£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians from South East Asia in their faith.
You can tell others
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR LAOS
Lord Jesus, protect and strengthen our persecuted family in Laos by Your Holy Spirit. Enable and embolden them to share their faith wisely, and be at work in the hearts of those who hear the Good News. Please shield Christian children from any injustice they may face at school for their faith, and transform the attitude of those in power and in government in Laos, that they would allow freedom of worship.