- Leader: President Bounnhang Vorachit
- Population: 7 million (225,000 Christians)
- Main Religion: Buddhism
- World Watch List Rank: 20
Communist authorities monitor all religious activities heavily, including those of registered churches.
House churches are considered ‘illegal gatherings’ and must operate in secret. The authorities use information from registered churches and local leaders (mostly Buddhist monks) to put pressure on believers. Villagers also monitor and expel them. Converts bear the brunt of persecution as they are considered to have alienated themselves from the Buddhist-animist community. They are frequently put under pressure by their own extended families.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to protect believers and enable them to share their faith wisely
- For justice to be upheld in schools so that Christian children are not given low marks by Buddhist teachers simply because of their faith
- For a transformation in the attitude of the regime towards freedom of worship.
How Open Doors helps
Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Laos through:
- Provision of Christian materials
- Leadership training
- Discipleship programmes
- Coming alongside the Laotian believers when they suffer physical attacks and expulsion from their families and communities, through advocacy, relief and practical aid.
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