Laotian Church elder and congregation threatened with death

Modern Technology Exposes Lao Authorities

September 28, 2009

On Thursday, September 3, 2009, three Lao officials, one from the village of Liansai, the sub-district of Saybouthong, and sub-district Ad-Sapangthong, arrested Thao Oun, elder of the Boukham Church. They forced him at gunpoint to go to the police chief, Thao Somphet. There he was detained, interrogated, and terrorized for five to six hours. Thao Somphet demanded that he denounce Christianity or face deportation.

In a recorded conversation, police authorities were found saying that "a solution to their difficulties in governing could be the death of all believers in the Boukham Church."

For the time being, however, the punishment for choosing to exercise their religious freedom and following Christianity is:

The Boukham Church is one of the churches planted by a ministry supported through Christian Aid. Please pray for God´s protection, provision, and justice.