On Dec. 29 at about 6 p.m., nine police officers broke up a Christmas celebration in Nakanong village, arresting three church leaders and several other believers. Police at first took only the church leaders to the police station for questioning, but they returned two hours later and arrested four more church members. Then, at about 10 p.m., the police chief and other officers again returned to the church, this time destroying the stage, cutting the electricity, destroying audio equipment and seizing cellphones. Those arrested were charged with “illegal gathering” before being released on Jan. 2, 2019. Although Laotians are guaranteed the freedom of religion, local officials often ignore those rights. Please pray for these believers.
Seven Arrested at Christmas Gathering
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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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