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A Story of Persecution- Laos

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

Laos

In a village in the Savannakhet Province of Laos, eight Christian families quickly began to arrange a funeral for a woman named Wang who died on Christmas Day. The next day, village officials ordered that her body be buried according to Buddhist funeral rites or be taken to a burial ground in Savannakhet city.

Lacking the resources for a city burial, the 40 Christians reluctantly agreed. However, the village monk then refused to carry out the ceremony because Wang was a Christian. With Wang’s body already decomposing and officials demanding that they recant, the Christians verbally agreed to cease practicing their faith in order to bury her in the village cemetery. Once the funeral was over, five of the families told church leaders in another city that they regretted their decision and that they would continue to worship God.

In a nearby village, authorities arrested eight Christian leaders for gathering some 200 church members for a Christmas celebration. Seven of them were moved to an animal pen, are blocked from visits with family members and are banned from direct delivery of food. The Christians were held in wooden stocks, causing swollen and infected legs and experienced excruciating pain because of this.  

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