A young Khmu
woman is being persecuted by her family for converting to Christianity. The
family of 17-year-old Phum has burned her Bible and hymnbook, forbade her to
attend church and even threatened her life in attempts to persuade her to
recant her faith.
a Christian after attending church with a friend in Oudomxay province. Impassioned
to learn more about Christ, Phum studied her Bible and attended church every
week. Knowing that her family would disapprove — especially her older brother,
who works for the Lao Patriotic party — she tried to hide where she went each
about two months, Phum’s family noticed her weekly disappearances. When they
asked her where she was going, Phum told them she had become a Christian. They
accused her of being a traitor to her country and of following a foreign
religion. To escape her family’s condemnation, Phum would retreat to her room,
wrap a blanket around herself and read softly from the Bible.
continued to attend church, but her family tried to prevent her from practicing
her faith. Her father gave her house chores every Sunday, and her brother hit
her with a wooden stick when she tried to walk out the front door.
Sunday, Phum’s family confronted her and demanded that she stop attending
church. When they threatened to throw away her hymnbook and Bible, Phum reluctantly
complied with their demands. She couldn’t face losing her most precious
missing worship services for two weeks, Phum walked the several miles to her
church leader’s house and tearfully apologized for not attending church.
Despite complying with her family’s demands, they continued to scold her daily,
and her brother burned her Bible and hymnbook. He told Phum that if she ever
attended church again, she would be kicked out of the house, sent to jail or
killed. The family intentionally works in distant fields every Sunday so there is
no chance for Phum to sneak away to church. She is still prevented from
attending church and greatly misses her church family and Bible.
pray that the Lord will soften the hearts of Phum’s family toward Christianity
and toward Phum.
Source: VOM contacts
Posted: June 5, 2012