Christians must take extreme caution to stay on the good side of the Communist authorities. House churches are considered ‘illegal gatherings’ and must operate in secret. The authorities use information from registered churches, which are government-controlled, and local leaders (mostly Buddhist monks) to put pressure on Christians.
Believers from Buddhist backgrounds are considered to have betrayed their Buddhist-animist community. They are frequently put under pressure by their own extended families.
The Communist authorities heavily monitor all religious activities and control them, including those of the registered church. Even 75% of all government-approved Lao Evangelical Church congregations do not have permanent church structures and conduct worship services in homes.
Authorities are re-emphasizing Communist values and trying to keep the number of conversions down. It also reflects the government’s effort to stay in power and fight all forces perceived as alien.
The increase of one point since 2019 was caused by more violence against Christians being reported.
Laos is one of several countries leapfrogged in the ranking Algeria’s comparatively more rapid score increase.
We come alongside the Laotian believers when they suffer physical attacks and expulsion from their families and communities for choosing to follow Christ. This is done through advocacy, relief, and practical aid.
Open Doors also strengthens persecuted believers in Laos through the following efforts:
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Leder: President Bounnhang Vorachith
Befolkning: ca. 7 mill.
Regjeringsform: Kommunistisk styre
Siste år: 19
Siste år: 71/100
Laos 29. november 2017
Mange kristne i buddhistiske land risikerer fengsling og forfølgelse på grunn av sin tro. Kale fra Laos er en av disse. I 13 år satt han fengslet, adskilt fra familien, men ekteskapet til Kale og Alani besto prøven. Faktisk førte forfølgelsen dem nærmere hverandre og gjorde dem mer bestemt på å dele budskapet om Kristus.
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