Pray with imprisoned Laos Christians held in shackles for 49 days

September 15, 2020 by Lindy Lowry in Asia

four Christians from four different villages who attended the same church were arrested earlier this summer. They have remained in prison since then, placed in separate cells from each other and with other prisoners. One of the arrested believers, Inthy* is a teacher of a persecution preparedness program created by Open Doors and its partners.

Recently Open Doors local partners were able to meet with the arrested believers’ wives to minister to them. They learned the believers had been monitored before they were arrested and are being charged with “breaking the unity of the community” and “gathering people for worship without permission.” Open Doors’ local partners in Laos report there has been a recent resurgence of arrests of Christians under such vague charges. In a similar incident, a group of pastors have been arrested separately for doing ministry without sufficient charges.

We also learned that Inthy was just released from an isolation cell called the “dark room” where he was left with his hands and feet shackled for 49 days. According to our partner, this cell is designed for hardcore criminals, like murderers.

Finally, our partners report that the community where the prisoners’ church is located is becoming more hostile towards the believers there.

We praise God that the wives of these believers can visit them in prison. Together with their husbands, they remain strong in their faith. We also praise God for using Open Doors through local partners to minister to them by providing spiritual care and support, as well as financial assistance.

Please pray with us for these Laotian believers:

  • The wives, with the help of their church, were already able to finish the paperwork the court needs. Pray that the ruling of the court will be favorable to the four and will order their release.
  • Pray for peace in the community where the believers’ church is located. Pray the community will come to know Christ.
  • Pray that believers in the church community won’t waiver in their faith.
  • Pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen the faith of the imprisoned believers as well as their families.
  • Pray Inthy and the other believers will be able to share the love of Christ with their cellmates.

*representative names and photos used to protect identity.

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