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Overview:

The Communist government, in conjunction with Buddhist monks, persecutes Christians, with the exception of the government-controlled Lao Evangelical Church. Poverty, lack of infrastructure and mountainous terrain make evangelistic outreach challenging. Thanks to bold evangelists, churches continue to grow even as they experience ongoing persecution.

Major Religions:

60 percent of Laotians consider themselves to be Buddhists, but most practice a syncretistic version of Buddhism mixed with tribal animism. 4 percent are Christians, including 3 percent evangelicals.

Persecutor:

Most believers are persecuted by family members or village authorities concerned that Christians offend the spirits, and the central government restricts Christian activity.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Laos:

Some in Laos, particularly those in government leadership, view Christianity as a foreign religion and a tool used by the West to undermine the Communist Laotian regime. There are many house churches and some church buildings, but the vast majority do not have a trained pastor. Laotian authorities sometimes arrest Christians and hold them for up to a week in attempts to control Christian activity. Christians are commonly denied medical treatment as well as educational and other social services.

Access To Bibles:

Bibles are not sold in bookstores. Government-sanctioned churches sell Bibles, and other organizations are able to bring Bibles in with legal permission. But the government restricts and opposes Bible and Christian literature distribution of any significant size. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM distributes Bibles, prints Christian literature and provides audio devices containing Scripture and discipleship resources. VOM also responds to persecution incidents by relocating families inside Laos and providing food and other needs. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that the 60 unreached people groups in Laos will hear the gospel.
  • Pray for Christians in remote villages who experience severe persecution.
  • Pray that doors will open to the shipment of Bibles and Christian materials in the Hmong language.
  • Pray for the development of godly, educated Christian leaders.
  • Pray for the spiritual state of communist Laos, which treats Buddhism as an official religion.
  • Pray for ongoing evangelistic and discipleship efforts among the majority Khmu people.
  • Pray for those who practice a mix of Buddhism and animism.
  • Pray that Hmong Christians will have more freedom to follow Christ.
  • Pray for the 49 people groups with 200 ethnic subgroups in Laos.
  • Pray for wisdom as Christian workers serve God.
  • Pray for Khmu Christians overseeing outreach to people groups like the Hmong, Mien, Bru and Prai.