Christ's Light Shining in Laos
first published: Dec. 20, 2005 – Gospel for Asia
Despite Communist control and spiritual darkness, the light of the Gospel is growing brighter in the nation of Laos. And Gospel for Asia native missionaries are faithfully ministering in the face of restrictions and the dangers of persecution and death.
In one instance, six Gospel for Asia native missionaries were on their way to do outreach in a Laotian village when they were stopped by soldiers and arrested.
“Praise God, they were somehow released,” reports a GFA field leader. “Pray for their safety. We can’t hear from them much due to security reasons.”
Another Gospel worker was confronted by soldiers and threatened with a gun after they learned he had been teaching the alphabet and Bible songs to boys and girls in a tribal area.
“They strictly warned him that he should not teach Christian songs to the children,” states the leader. “Pray that the Lord may encourage him.”
But these challenges are not stopping God’s kingdom from growing. A new church was recently planted and missionary training continues to move forward. “Our ministry, church and Bible school are still running smoothly by the grace of God,” the missionary leader reports.
The Laotian church suffered a great loss following the Communist takeover in 1975. All expatriate missionaries were expelled and two-thirds of the Christian population fled the country. Today, however, despite the fact that Christianity has been declared the “number one enemy of the state,” the remnant of believers has grown significantly, with reports of entire villages coming to salvation in Christ (information taken from Operation World).
Please pray for the hearts of the people of Laos to be receptive to the Gospel, and pray for an increased freedom within this country to do missionary work.