5-5-5 Challenge: Laos

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

Former Buddhists Kapono and his family fled their house on Jan. 9, 2013 due to persecution they were facing at the hands of relatives and villagers. The believers were barely two weeks in their faith in Christ when they left their village in Southern Laos.

“When the family returned home (from a church in another village), their cousins and neighbors persecuted them,” according to a local source. “Last Jan. 6, they took Kapono’s cow…and then pushed him and his family out of the village. The believers lost their land, which was about four acres.”

Kapono and his family are now staying at the house of a Christian friend in a nearby village.

Source >> http://opendoors.org/

Laos is unique as one of the few remaining Marxist-Leninist countries that also follows Theravada Buddhism. Being Lao is synonymous with being Buddhist; Christians who do not participate in traditional festivities and ceremonies face Buddhist aggression. Evangelism is effectively prohibited on the grounds it would create social division. Families see Christianity as breaking family unity. The majority of persecuted Christians are from a tribal background, and face severe persecution – mostly instigated by animists and spiritists who lose their trade due to conversions.

PRAY

  • That Christians will respond to monitoring by village officials with wisdom and sensitivity
  • For believers from the Katin or Hmong tribes, who are especially vulnerable. Some have been killed in army clashes
  • Give thanks for reports that orders to expel 10 Christian families from their village were retracted.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/

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