Rev. Ai was arrested in 2018 along with other Christian leaders during a separatist crackdown in Wa state. His family struggled while he was in prison, and members of the Wa State Army prevented other believers from helping them. Ai was released after several months, but the situation remains very difficult for Christians in the region. They are not allowed to meet for fellowship or even pray before meals, and pastors are strictly prohibited from leading church activities. Ai and his family would like to leave the area, but as members of the Wa ethnic group they are not allowed to move outside Wa state borders. Pray for Ai and his three children.
Imprisoned Pastor Cannot Leave Wa State
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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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