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Laos: “Jesus Kid” Kicked Out of Town

Laos

“Kids at school make fun of me and call me a ‘Jesus kid,’” said Bua, a 13-year-old Christian girl who is a member of the Khmu tribe in Laos. “They told me not to hang out with them, not to go find food with them, and not to walk to school with them. I ride my bicycle to school.”

Khmu families are often poor. They get water from a well, and they eat food they find in the jungle. Bua cooks soup with vegetables from the jungle and rat soup with rats that have been trapped or hunted.

Sometimes non-Christians in Laos wonder if someone is paying Khmu people to be Christians. “What do you get for being a Christian?” kids in Bua’s class at school ask her.

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Laos: Kids Lead Parents to Christ

Laos

Khamsouk is an 11-year-old Khmu boy in Laos, about the age of the boy in the photo. (The Khmu are a tribal group in Laos.) Khamsouk’s older brother, Kong, was naughty and disobeyed his parents. “I liked doing what I liked to do,” said Kong. “It made my parents sad.”

Kong visited a grown-up brother who no longer lived at home. The older brother told Kong about Jesus. After a while, Kong decided to give his life to Jesus! He stopped being naughty and began to obey his parents. “God can change people from bad to good,” he said.

Kong and Khamsouk’s parents were delighted with Kong’s good behavior! Then Kong led Khamsouk to Christ, too. Every night for a year, the brothers held hands and prayed that their parents would also follow Jesus. But their mother and father said to them, “You believing in Jesus is enough for us.”

Khamsouk was sad. “I feel like an orphan because you are not Christians,” he told his mom and dad. “And I want all of us to be together in heaven someday.”

Khamsouk’s words touched his mother’s heart, and she trusted in Jesus for salvation that day. Khamsouk and Kong prayed for two more years before their father came to Christ.

“Now my family is happy!” said Kong.

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Ten Bold Believers Stories from 2009

Top Ten

The following stories are about kids and families who bravely continue to serve God in the face of difficulties and danger. Please pray for them and for others around the world who face similar struggles.

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Kids of Courage: 2006 Top Ten Bold Believers Stories

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Note: To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this Web site and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes are edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.

The following stories are about kids and families who bravely continued to serve the Lord in the face of struggles or danger. As you read the stories, please pray for these Christians and also for thousands of others around the world who face similar struggles.

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Laos

Laos

Laos

RESTRICTED

Capital

Vientiane (pronounced “vyen-TYAHN”)

Size

In area, a little larger than Minnesota.

Main Languages

Arabic

Time

At 6 am U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7 pm in Laos.

Interesting Fact
Hundreds of mystery jars are scattered over the Plain of Jars in Laos. The huge stone containers are hundreds of years old and large enough for a person to stand in. Some scientists believe the jars were part of burial customs of ancient people.
History
Laos became independent from France in 1953. A communist government took control of Laos in 1975. The communists do not have a history of protecting the human rights of the people. But the leaders have given the citizens more freedom in recent years.

 

Religion
Most of the people of Laos are Buddhists. Many are spirit worshipers. Learn more about spirit worshipers here. Learn more about the beliefs of Buddhists here.

Persecution
Local officials have tried to make Christians give up their faith in Christ. Sometimes they threaten to kick Christians out of their homes and villages, or point guns at them to make them deny Christ. Some Christians are jailed for their faith.