Pray With the Women of Laos

January 24, 2014 by Open Doors in General

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Women in Laos have always been considered inferior to men, striving to prove their worth on a daily basis. Struggling to complete outside work while fulfilling domestic demands, Laotian women often work long into the night while others, in the home, sleep. In fact, as Buddhists, the only way for a woman to enter ultimate enlightenment is for her to be reborn as a man.

For Christian women in this society, life is even harder. Because the government champions Buddhism, these women practice their faith in the shadows. When their faith is exposed, they are often stripped of their properties, disowned by their parents and even beaten by their husbands.

Sit down for a moment with these Laotian women and listen to their stories. Though their names have been changed for their protection, each of these women is very real.

Father, we lift up these young women in Laos before Your throne. Thank You for the seeds of faith You have planted in their lives. We call on You to water their growing faith and cause it to flourish in the midst of hostile ground. We pray against the temptation to return to Buddhist and pagan rituals. Give them access to Your Word that they might grow in their knowledge of You. Protect them from discouragement as they are mocked and beaten by their husbands, as they are forced to work in the fields when they desire to join with other believers in worship. Soften the hearts of their husbands and draw them unto Yourself that they might serve You as couples and families in this land of Laos. In the name of Jesus who draws His people out of the darkness into the light of the gospel. Amen.

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