Pray Alongside the Women of Laos

January 23, 2014 by Open Doors in Stories of Persecution

Laos*Representative photo used to protect identity. Although marginalized and looked down upon in some countries, women often have a surprisingly important voice within their families. They’re the ones instilling values into their children, and husbands often take their wives opinions into consideration. When a wife and mother places her faith in Jesus, it can be a catalyst for the entire family. Getting the gospel to women is such an important task around the world. In spite of gender discrimination in countries like Laos, God is truly working mightily in this area. Let’s take a closer look: Women in Laos have always been considered inferior to men. Most of them work without rest, on top of fulfilling domestic demands, only to constantly prove their worth. In fact, as Buddhists, they believe the only way for a woman to enter ultimate enlightenment is for her to be reborn as a man. For Christian women living away from big cities, life is much harder. Because the government champions Buddhism, these women practice their faith in the shadows. Once their faith is exposed, however, they are stripped of their properties, disowned by their parents, and even beaten by their husbands. These are the stories of real women, whose names have been changed for their protection.