Compass Direct News reports that the five Christians from Palansai district were attending a worship service in nearby Boukham village in Ad-Sapangthong district. The two men – Phosee and Viengsai – and three women – Alee, Poon, and Narm – had previously attended services in the area without interference from authorities.
Boukham church members meet in a private home, as do Christians in most other provincial villages. Officials strongly oppose small groups meeting outside the umbrella of the government-approved Lao Evangelical Church, but many Christians prefer meeting at house churches, citing strict controls over LEC activities.
"This is typical of Laos now," a pastor from the capital, Vientiane, said. "In Vientiane we see things opening up a little. But the law is fluid. Things can change from day to day, and the situation is still very difficult in the provinces."
You can help by praying!
- Pray for the release of these believers.
- Ask the Lord to give them the strength to stand firm in their faith.
- Pray they will rely on the Lord to give them the words to say as they stand before authorities (Matthew 10:19).
- Pray that God will use them as a witness for the gospel even at this difficult time.