Transforming The 10/40 Window Nations Through The Power of Prayer

WindoWatchman: Laos

Leader: President Choummaly Sayasone
Population: 6.4 million (170,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Buddhism
Government: Communist state
Persecution Ranking: 18
Source of Persecution: Communist oppression/Religious militancy

Laos is a mountainous country with only five percent of the land suitable for growing crops and nearly eighty percent of the people employed in agricultural activities.

Laos is among the very few communist states in the world. Even though there has been some economic growth since the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, it is still the poorest country in East Asia and depends heavily on international aid. Outside the capital, Vientiane, many still live without basic amenities like electricity.

In remote villages, away from the view of the world, Christian Believers are coerced, tortured, and pressured to deny their faith in Jesus Christ. Recently, an elderly couple sought the prayers of Christian Believers for healing. Later, they made the decision to become Believers and Followers of Jesus Christ. In January, when the village chief received information about the conversion of the elderly couple, he ordered their eviction saying Christians were not welcome in the village.

Pray for God to put an end to the intimidation of Believers like the elderly couple who chose to follow Jesus Christ (The Bible, Exodus 14:13).

Pray that God would meet village chiefs and leaders so they would become Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ (The Bible, Acts 9:1-19).

Pray for God to pour His blessings on this extremely impoverished country (The Bible, Psalm 21: 6).

Pray for a government that respects the value of the lives of human beings who are created in the image of God (The Bible, Genesis 1:27).

Sources: BBC, International Christian Concern, World Watch List 2013

This article originally appeared in the April 2013 Edition of the Win 1040 Reporter.
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