Missions News & Stories

I am very excited about your desire to push for finishing the task! I want to have a part in this effort!! Praying that the task will soon be done!! Until there is a witness for Christ in every nation.

— Jean P.

After recent scandals, I have become skeptical of the native missionary movement. I have been supporting native missionaries for decades now, but these scandals have really burnt my trust. Thank you for addressing trust and accountability in Prayerline letter.

— Jann F., IL


In August, authorities in Nongdaeng village in Laos ordered 11 families to recant their Christian faith or face expulsion from their community. The 50 men, women, and children were charged with “believing the religion of a foreign Western power”—an act which is considered destructive to the country’s Buddhist and animist traditions. The individuals were given 72 hours to comply, but chose instead to continue practicing their faith and to meet for a worship service the next day in one of the believers’ homes. A similar incident took place in February when a couple in their 50s was evicted from their home village after converting to Christianity.

Although the Lao constitution provides for some measure of religious freedom, local and regional leaders impose their own set of rules or restrictions. Yet the Christian church is growing despite discrimination and social pressures. A Lao ministry assisted by Christian Aid is working in rural areas to disciple new believers and to establish small fellowships.

Prayer Needs:

  • For Christians throughout Laos to have the freedom to practice their faith and gather for public worship
  • For leaders in rural villages where animism is entrenched to be open to hearing the gospel and receiving Jesus as their Lord and Savior
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