A pastor in Wa state served two months of hard labor in a prison camp recently after religious authorities noticed an increasing number of people converting to Christianity. Pastor Sam often accompanied his wife to market days in the area, where she sold fresh fruit and vegetables and they both took the opportunity to share the gospel with those they met. In time, however, authorities noticed more people turning to Christ and decided to arrest the pastor. Although he fled before they were able to arrest him, authorities instead arrested his wife and burned their entire stock of Bibles. When the pastor heard that his wife was in custody, he returned to take her place in prison, serving two months before his release. According to VOM contacts, the situation in the region of Wa state is very difficult for Christians right now. “Pray that God would give them strength to stand firm in faith,” a Christian leader said. “Pray that God would soften the hearts of Wa authorities and bring them to a saving knowledge of Him.”
Pastor Imprisoned for Sharing the Gospel
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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