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Laos: Sonxi

Sonxi

One day, Sonxi was walking through the jungle near her home in Laos. She saw a small booklet lying on the ground, and she picked it up and began to read. “Jesus will come back,” the booklet said. The words filled her with hope.

Only eight Christian families lived in her village. She visited their leader, and he told her more about Jesus. Sonxi placed her faith in Christ and became a Christian.

Laos villagers and authorities are not always friendly toward Christians. So at first, Sonxi kept her faith a secret. When she finally told her family, they said, “We can’t believe in this religion, because we are afraid of the police. If there weren’t any police, we would believe in Jesus.”

They tried to stop Sonxi from going to church, but she continued to attend her village’s house church. “You are a very bad girl because you don’t listen to your parents!” her parents told her.

After her family began to abuse her, Sonxi escaped to a Christian friend. The Voice of the Martyrs helped her learn a trade to support herself and attend a Bible school. Today Sonxi is a full-time Christian worker in Laos.

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs newsletter)

To Think About
Someone had provided the tract that Sonxi found on the ground, but it must have been thrown away. Whoever gave away the tract probably never knew that it helped bring someone to Christ. Can you leave some Christian tracts or Scripture portions in a place where someone will find them? Can you trust that God’s word will succeed in bringing about His will? (Read Isaiah 55:11.)


Laos: Kay, a New Christian

A Khmu girl

Kay, a 19-year-old Khmu girl from a village in Laos, moved to the capital city of Vientiane to get a job. In Vientiane, Kay attended a Khmu house church.

[Enter “Khmu” in the Search box to find out more about Khmu Christians.]

This year, Kay had a very happy first day of the year, because she had trusted in Christ as her Savior on December 31st! But when Kay called her parents in their village and told them the good news, they were not happy. “Quit your job and come home!” they told her. “If you do not stop being a Christian immediately, you are not our daughter anymore.” She told them she had found new life in Jesus, and that she could not deny Him.

Kay’s parents first sent her brother to Vientiane to find out why she was being stubborn. He left disappointed when she would not stop believing in Jesus. Next they sent her 17-year-old sister. Her sister was amazed at the changes in Kay. Now Kay had a good attitude, good character, and she was more mature. She loved her parents, but she loves Jesus, too. Kay invited her sister to the Khmu house church, and her sister also became a Christian!

Please ask God to help the sisters remain strong in their faith. Pray that their parents and brother will come to know Jesus, too.

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)


Sunday School Around the World: The Khmu

The Khmu are a tribe of people who live mostly in Southeast Asia. Many Khmu are animists, or spirit worshipers. They do not love the spirits they worship; instead, they fear them. Spirit worshipers try to do things to please the spirits so they won’t have “bad luck.”

Read in the update below about how one Khmu family came to Christ.

Update
A previous post told about Hmong families who were kicked out of their village for their faith in Christ. A report from VOM’s icommittopray.com tells what happened next.

Four Hmong Christian families in Laos who were driven from their village because of their faith continued to share Jesus even while camping in a rice field. In early February, village authorities confronted the Christians, insisting that they renounce their Christian faith. When the families refused, they were expelled from the village.

The group of about 28 men, women and children ended up camping in a rice field, where they were soon visited by a curious Khmu family from a neighboring village. The Hmong Christians eagerly told the Khmu family about the great creator God who is all-powerful over the spirits and who sent his Son for them. The Khmu family came to faith in Christ, even inviting a VOM partner to visit their village and share more about Jesus. Recently, government officials visited the Hmong families and later told local authorities that the families have a right to believe whatever they wish. Pray that these believers will be allowed back into their village.

More Khmu are hearing about Jesus’ love for them and they are coming to Christ, too! The photo above shows Khmu Sunday school children learning more about God. The teacher’s face is hidden to protect her identity from people who do not want tribal groups in Asia to become Christians.


Laos: “I Know Exactly That God Helped Us”

Children in Laos learning Bible stories

Twelve-year-old Khamphuy was having trouble breathing. Like many other people in Laos, he and his family were spirit worshipers. They were afraid of making evil spirits angry.

So Khamphuy’s parents took their son to spirit doctors. The doctors told them that they must kill some of their farm animals to please the spirits. Then maybe Khamphuy would get well. Khamphuy’s parents paid the doctors a lot of money for their advice.

“I did many things to sacrifice to the evil spirits,” said Khamphuy’s father. “But the spirits didn’t help us. The evil spirits just destroyed us. They destroyed our pigs, our chickens, and our money.”

And Khamphuy grew sicker.

Khamphuy’s aunt, who lived in another village, was a Christian. She introduced Khamphuy’s family to a Christian leader in her village. Khamphuy’s parents did not believe in Jesus, but they were desperate to help their son. So they took him to the Christian leader.

Christian believers in the village placed their hands on Khamphuy and prayed, and he began to get better! The family stayed with the Christians for a week and learned about the God who loves and heals people. One by one, they placed their trust in Jesus.

“I know exactly that God helped us,” said Khamphuy.

The family is now persecuted for their faith. But they continue to share the gospel with others and to lead friends and neighbors to Christ. “If we believe in God, we have strong help,” said Khamphuy’s father.

To Do and Think About
Khamphuy’s father said, “Please pray for me to have strong faith and follow God and know how to lead my family to walk with God. Pray for the people around me to know God through my life.”
•    Will you pray for Khamphuy’s father and family?
•    How might the people around Khamphuy’s father know God through his life?
•    How might someone come to know God through your life?


Kicked out of Town

Recently, officials in Laos forced three Hmong families to move out of their village because the families follow Jesus. The children in the photo are part of those families. Their parents are trying to find another place for them to live. The Voice of the Martyrs will help them move.

The Hmong (pronounced “mong”) are a group of people from Southeast Asia. Large numbers of Hmong live in Laos, Vietnam, China, and Thailand, and some live in Myanmar (Burma).

Many Hmong practice animism, which is the belief that bad luck comes to those who do not honor and please spirits. But many Hmong in Asia are becoming Christians! It is believed that more than 50 percent of Hmong people in Vietnam are now Christians.

Sometimes the authorities in countries where Hmong live allow them to worship God, but sometimes they try to stamp out Christianity. Hmong Christians have been attacked, arrested, and imprisoned for their faith. Their houses have been burned down, and they have been kicked out of their villages for refusing to deny Christ. New Christians have been fired from their jobs. Non-Christian neighbors and relatives of Hmong Christians often persecute them, too.

If you want to learn more about Hmong Christians and how to pray for them, you can download Bold Believers of the Hmong People from the Downloads section this site.