- Leader: President Choummaly Sayasone
- Population: 7 million (225,000 Christians)
- Main Religion: Buddhism
- Government: Communist state
- World Watch List Rank: 24
- Source of Persecution: Communist oppression/ Ethnic antagonism/ Religious nationalism
Christianity is viewed as a 'Western ideology' in Laos, and those who adhere to it are considered to be foreign agents and enemies. So Laotian believers must be extremely cautious.
The Marxist-Leninist government monitors all Christian churches, and conversions, evangelism and church activities all require government permission - not having authorisation could mean arrest. Christian converts from Buddhism or ethnic-animism face persecution from local authorities, since every conversion brings shame to the community. Laotian believers may also be physically attacked or expelled from their communities.
- That Christians would have wisdom to know how to witness to their Buddhist neighbours and family members
- That Christians in Laos would be able to freely access Bibles and register churches, and that Christian children in Buddhist schools would not be discriminated against
- For increased openness and acceptance in Laos towards Christianity.
KEEP HOPE ALIVE. PRAY. GIVE. SPEAK OUT.
How we help
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.