The seven leaders were held without being charged until December 30. Since authorities were unable to charge the pastors with violating a religion law, they eventually charged them with violating the village's “hiit," the traditional spirit cult. The Christians were fined the equivalent of 35 times the average monthly wage.
International human rights organizations had exerted pressure on authorities to release the imprisoned Christians, and the families of those arrested filed complaints against the village authorities shortly before they were released.
- Praise God for the release of these bold followers and thank Him for their safety while in custody.
- Please pray that these believers will remain faithful despite any future persecution they may face.
- Pray that their steadfastness will strengthen the faith of other Christians in Laos.