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Laos: Vang

Boys in Laos

Vang was a teen gang member in Laos. Besides joining his gang in violent activities, he drank a lot of alcohol and beat up his brothers and sisters. “It seemed like I had to be bad,” said Vang. He had no control over his own behavior.

A friend told Vang about a powerful God who created the world. Hoping to find a new life, Vang went to his friend’s church. After the service, the pastor explained how Jesus could change Vang’s life if he gave his life to Him.

“I will try Jesus for two months,” Vang thought to himself. “If He is not God, the pastor is a liar and I will burn the church down.”

Vang prayed a sincere prayer dedicating his life to God. “After I said ‘Amen,’ it felt like a wind came through me,” he said. “From that day, I’ve felt peace and joy.”

Vang’s parents kicked him out of their house when they found out he was a Christian, and he has continued to suffer persecution for his faith. But the peace and joy of Christ rule his life.

(Source: November 2018 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity and age appropriateness.)


Children’s Game from Laos

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

People who follow Jesus are persecuted in some parts of Laos. Youth leaders try to prepare Christian children to be strong in their faith, even in hard times.

“They play games to teach spiritual truths,” said a VOM worker in Laos. “In one game, one person is blindfolded. [Can you find the blindfolded person in the photo?] As music is played, the blindfolded person walks around a circle of children, touching each person as they walk. They keep walking as long as the music is played.

“When the music stops, the last person who was touched by the blindfolded child has to do something in the center of the circle.”

[An adult leader may suggest what the child may do — perhaps sing a verse of a Christian song, recite a Bible verse, tell a Bible story, or share a way that God has helped them.]

The VOM worker continued, “The teaching point is that we don’t always get to choose when we are called by God to do something. Sometimes it may be something we want to do, but sometimes it may be something we don’t want to do. But we always need to follow Him.”

(Source: The Voice of the Martyrs contacts. Comments edited for length and clarity.)

Learn more about bold Christians in Laos in the books Bold Believers Among the Khmu of Southeast Asia and Bold Believers of the Hmong People available in the Downloads section.

 


Standing Strong in Laos

“Samuel” lives in Laos with his parents. You can see him in the photo holding his parents’ hands. (Their eyes are covered to protect their identity from people who might want to harm them.) Samuel is standing on a piece of his house.

Samuel’s parents are Christians. They live in a village where most of the people are animist, or spirit worshipers. (Learn more about animism here.) Just a few of the villagers are Christians. There used to be more Christians. But after animist villagers began persecuting the Christians, some Christians left their faith.

Local officials tore down Samuel’s house, hoping his family would leave the village and move somewhere else. But Samuel’s family stayed. They gathered pieces of their torn-down house and built a small hut to live in. Christians from nearby villages came to help, encourage, and support them. Now the officials are saying that Samuel’s family can stay in the village and rebuild their home.

Please pray for Samuel’s family, their persecutors, and for the villagers who stopped being Christians after they were persecuted.

(Source: I Commit to Pray)

(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, length, and age appropriateness.)

To Talk About
*What are some of the other ways Samuel’s family could have reacted after officials tore down their house?
*Why do you think the officials changed their minds about Samuel’s family?


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 magazine)

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.)