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Report: Laos Christian Facing Ultimatum To Recant Faith

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VIENTIANE, LAOS (Worthy News)-- The only known Christian in a rural district of northern Laos was under pressure to abandon his faith in Christ or face expulsion from his village, his supporters told Worthy News.

Khamla of Dongvieng village in Viengphuka district was told by local authorities to "give up believing in the Christian religion" by March 7 "or be cast out from the village," said Human Rights Watch for Lao Religious Freedom (HRWLRF), which supports local Christians in Laos.

The Christian, who uses only one name, was allegedly summoned to appear at the local government headquarters where he faced some 20 officials, including a representative of the Communist party, the village leadership and security personnel.

"Authorities are believed to be attempting to abolish the Christian religion from taking root in Viengphuka district," said HRWLRF in a statement.

Khamla reportedly embraced the Christian faith only after claiming to have been healed from a long-term disease during following "fervent prayers by other believers" outside the district. Viengphuka district's estimated 20,000 people are mainly farmers and live in small rural villages.

Khamla is the latest known Christian to face expulsion over his faith, rights activists said.

CHRISTIAN FAMILIES

Elsewhere in northern Laos, rights activists said 10 Christian families in Hueygong Village, located in the Pakoo District of Luangprabang province, were given till March 18 to recant their faith or be forced to leave the area, Worthy News reported earlier.

In the same province news emerged Wednesday, March 7, that 14 Christian families, comprising some 80 persons, have been told to leave Hueysell village, in Ngoi District, if they don't stop believing in Jesus Christ.

"Thus far, village authorities have not carried through their threat of expulsion" which was issued in January by local authorities, said HRWLRF, adding that the Christians "have remained firm in their faith."

The group has urged the government respect the country's constitution and international treaties regarding religious freedom.

There are some 200,000 devoted Christians in Communist-run Laos, where most of the 6.4 million people are Buddhists, according to Christian estimates.

Lao officials have denied human rights abuses against minorities.

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4 thoughts on “Report: Laos Christian Facing Ultimatum To Recant Faith

  1. Heavenly Father, I pray that this lone christian in this village would realize that , when he stands with you, Lord, is stronger than the human majority there..for one human soul united with Christ is stronger than any majority, stronger than any devil, stronger than any principality, when united with you, Holy One. 

  2. The problem is that you Christians do not know anything about Lao culture or customs. The village is likely more animist though nominally Buddhist. Villages are a very close unit and a dissenter can often be looked at as causing bad spirits.
    Christians in urban areas are not discriminated against at all.
    For the record i am a Buddhist convert ex Christian though I acknowledge Christ as a holy man, but I prefer Buddha as a spiritual guide

  3. Sworth:  the problem is not that Christians do not know anything about Lao culture or customs.  The problem is the leaders of the village have not come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ which is the only way to God the Father and heaven.  This village may be a very close unit and the Christian may be thought of as a dissenter but bad spirits do not come from dissenters but from following Satan and being influenced by his lies which non-believers in Christ do.

    The fact of this Christian being told to leave because of his faith is  discrimination so your statement Christians are not discriminated at all is false.
      
    There is no such thing as an ex-Christian because once you become a Christian you cannot become an ex-Christian and because you think so only goes to show your ignorance of the Christian faith.  Jesus was not a 'holy man'; Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or who He said He was the Son of God and God in the flesh.  Buddha is just another false idol who has deceived you because you fail to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and your failure to recognize Jesus for who He was will take you to a burning lake of fire for eternity.  Think on that.
       
    You can reply to me directly at: nptrtgms20@yahoo.com  

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