Laos is one of the few remaining Communist countries in the world, backed by China and Vietnam. The small Christian church is growing despite persecution, but many tribal groups have never heard the gospel, and no missionaries are allowed. The country itself is poor and underdeveloped, and the authorities deal harshly with dissent. Pray for this land one day to be free.
Following the communist takeover, Christianity was declared an enemy of the state. Two thirds of Laos’s Christian believers fled the nation, and those who remained had to meet in secret. Laos’s Buddhist majority was also suppressed. Today, Buddhism, which meshes easily with animist spirit worship, has again become the religion of over one half of Laotians. Christianity is one of four government-approved religions, but open churches are closely scrutinized. Intense persecution and restrictions still occur, mostly at the local level. Despite those pressures, the Church in Laos has shown encouraging growth through the evangelism of indigenous Laotian Christians. (Prayercast)
PRAYER POINTS (Prayercast)
• Pray for house church leaders who are singled out as targets of persecution to persevere with grace.
• Pray for Lao seekers to toss aside the social pressure to practice Buddhism and place their hope in the one true God.
• Pray for believers to unashamedly proclaim the Gospel to their neighbours despite close government monitoring.
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