Lao Officials Confiscate a 37-Year-Old Church Building

February 24, 2012

Kengweng Village, Saybuli District, Savannakhet Province, Laos

On February 22 at around 4:00 p.m., district officials ordered the confiscation of the Kengweng church building and prohibited Christians from using it, which went into effect immediately. The confiscation of Kengweng Church took place in less than two months after officials confiscated Nadaeng Church in the same district.

Christians only recognized three of the district officials who ordered the confiscation, namely: (1) Mr. Saysamorn, Saybuli district communist party committee member; (2) Mr. Bountha, Saybuli district religious affairs; and, (3) Captain Saysana, Saybuli district deputy chief of police. The officials further instructed that if Christians wanted to use the church building, they must submit a formal written request to village-level, district-level, and provincial officials and be approved by each of the three levels.

Pray that the believers in Laos will be greatly encouraged by our Lord Jesus Christ and that these government officials will open their hearts to the gospel. Pray that God will give wisdom to these believers as they cope with this situation. For more information about the situation in Laos, see:

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