Imprisoned Pastor Released in Laos After a Year in Prison

Photo shows Christians in Laos who had their houses torn down by local authorities. (Photo courtesy of Asian Access)

A pastor in Laos has been released after spending a year in prison. He was convicted of “creating disorder” after holding church services without permission.

Christians in this Southeast Asian country often experience persecution at the hands of their neighbors or the communist government. Joe Handley of Asian Access says, “This particular pastor happens to be a part of a network that is actually in the sanctioned church. In Laos, there is a sanctioned, government-based church. And then there’s an underground church. Of course, the underground church is much larger, and usually is the one that gets more pressure, because they’re not endorsed by the government. It’s just a very unwieldy situation. And even the sanctioned churches get cracked down on in the country.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray many in Laos will be drawn to Jesus as they see the unjust persecution of Christians.

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