Date: August 30, 2012
(Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Four Christians who were arrested in June and held without charges have been released in Laos.
The believers were arrested and their personal belongings were seized after they were caught explaining the Bible to a man in the home of a local Christian (for more, visit www.persecution.net/la-2012-07-12.htm).
The men, two of whom are Thai nationals, were detained for six weeks and were required to pay a small fine before being released. In Luang Namtha province, where the arrests occurred, Christians in at least 15 villages have reported similar cases of harassment by Lao authorities.
Please pray that God's Word will take hold in the hearts of those who heard the gospel through the faithful witness of these men. Praise God for the release of these faithful brothers. Pray that they will continue to serve the Lord, despite the risks. Pray that God will soften the hearts of authorities in Laos who are hostile to the gospel.
To write a prayer of encouragement for believers in Laos, please visit our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at www.persecution.net/prayerwall. For more information about persecution in Laos, go to www.persecution.net/laos.htm.