As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
- Leader: President Choummaly Sayasone
- Population: 7 million (225,000 Christians)
- Main Religion: Buddhism
- Government: Communist state
- World Watch List Rank: 24
- Source of Persecution: Communist oppression/ Ethnic antagonism/ Religious nationalism
Christianity is viewed as a 'Western ideology' in Laos, and those who adhere to it are considered to be foreign agents and enemies. So Laotian believers must be extremely cautious.
The Marxist-Leninist government monitors all Christian churches, and conversions, evangelism and church activities all require government permission - not having authorisation could mean arrest. Christian converts from Buddhism or ethnic-animism face persecution from local authorities, since every conversion brings shame to the community. Laotian believers may also be physically attacked or expelled from their communities.
- That Christians would have wisdom to know how to witness to their Buddhist neighbours and family members
- That Christians in Laos would be able to freely access Bibles and register churches, and that Christian children in Buddhist schools would not be discriminated against
- For increased openness and acceptance in Laos towards Christianity.
How we help
Through local partners and churches, Open Doors strengthens persecuted believers in Laos through:
- Provision of Christian materials
- Leadership training
- Discipleship programmes
- Coming alongside the Laotian believers when they suffer physical attacks and expulsion from their families and communities, through advocacy, relief and practical aid.