Frightened at the number of people turning to Christ, officials arrested a pastor and told believers to renounce their faith.
Frightened at the number of people turning to Christ, officials arrested a pastor and told believers to renounce their faith.
Jul. 09, 2020 | Laos

Authorities Hold Church Leader Without Charges Because of Coronavirus

[209] prayers in [19] nations have been posted for Phong.

A church leader who has not yet been charged with a crime remains in prison while officials wait for an end to the “Covid situation.” Phong was arrested in early March after refusing police orders to renounce his faith. About 130 Christians live in Phong’s village, and police thought that arresting him would cure their Christian “problem.” Phong’s wife said police are demanding that Christians turn in all Bibles, hymnbooks and other Christian materials and renounce their faith. Although she was at first able to visit Phong in prison and take him food, no one is allowed to visit the prison now because of the coronavirus. The authorities told Phong’s wife that they are waiting for the “Covid situation to be over before they charge her husband with a crime.” Pray for Phong and his family as they endure separation and uncertainty.

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  • For all those persecuted for the lords work and to all our brothers and sisters in the lord i pray when you all pass away you may R I P this to me dose not only mean rest in peace but intended to mean by prayer risen in peace at the time of the resurrection of the dead to live forever this time this is my prayer for all those in JESUS love your all
    Themis K - Australia
  • Lord I grieve with the children and wife of Phong as they miss their husbanddad. I pray Lord that he would be released swiftly and that his time in prison would be a blessing to the kingdom. I pray for boldness in Gospel sharing there and I also pray for a hope for him that You see him and care for him. I pray Lord for peace to keep him steady.
    Joy H - USA
  • Father, I pray for the release of this church leader. I pray for safekeeping of Bibles and other materials that can encourage the faith of the believers in Phong. May they praise you and worship you in spite of these threats. I pray that they will not be tempted to renounce their faith. May the hearts of the policemen be stirred to seek you.
    Laurie P - USA
  • Father, the Lord Jesus said "I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." We pray for the authorities who are in rebellion against You. Open their blind eyes. Please provide food for Phong and comfort his family during this time of waiting. Embolden our brothers and sisters to live out their faith despite the persecution.
    Toni D - USA
  • Help Phong be a healer to those in need.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father, please intervene on Phong's behalf. I pray you comfort him and his wife and help them as they wait upon you. I pray your will be done. Go before your children, fight their battles, lead them to victory. May we never forget we are not forsaken. Give them wisdom and boldness. Speak to the hearts of those who oppose them. Rebuke the spirit of fear
    polly c - USA
  • Father God we stand with our brother and sisters in Phong,we are praying for their pastor who is under arrest. Father we pray for his safe return and health. Father help them to remain strong in faith. Give them wisdom and strength to endure all this we ask in the mighty name of JESUS the Christ.
    Mark S - USA
  • Lord, grant Phong grace and peace in this imprisonment. Give him boldness to continue to share with fellow prisoners the hope of the gospel and bring many to saving faith. Please supply Phong's family's needs and grant his wife Holy Spirit anointing to declare boldly her faith and her commitment to Jesus in her village. We ask for justice for Phong.
    Matt B - USA
  • Dear God, I pray for Phong and his family. As they go through this time, I pray that you would continue to give them the strength to endure for Your Son's Name.
    Hosaena C - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for Phong, his family and all the Christians in Laos. Lord, we know You are right there with him in the prison cell; we know all things work together for good in Your plan. Keep him -all of them- strong in this persecution. Empower them with Your Spirit. Fill them with Your love. Cover them with Your grace.
    In the name of Jesus, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Lord, thank you for the faith of Phong and his church. I pray for peace over him and his family as he is wrongly imprisoned and he is freed. I pray that the prosecutors see the faith of Christ in those they persecute and they turn from their evil ways And embrace Christ as their Savior. in Jesus holy precious name Amen
    Bob G - USA
  • LORD we pray for brother Phong and his family to be reunited and maintain a tenacious display of faith in YOU, in JESUS NAME we pray AMEN
    anthony c - USA
  • Father, please give courage and strength to Phong and his family. Protect them. Please release him. May the believers continue to follow Jesus no matter the cost. Please draw others in the community including the authorities to a saving relationship with Jesus. Thank you for the promise that you will work good in all things including this. Praise God!
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Holy Father, continue to hold Phong close to You. May he be a witness for You where ever he is. Give him strength to endure. Keep him healthy and may he be released to his family soon! In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Father, We lift Mr. Phong and his family and his church to You. Thank You that the gates of hell will not prevail against You and Your word and your Church. Protect Your people in this situation now. Provide for Phong, his family & the Church in Loas with Your perseverance in this difficult time and ask that you meet their needs abundantly. Bless them
    Marian P - USA
  • Father, We lift Mr. Phong and his family and his church to You. Thank You that the gates of hell will not prevail against You and Your word and your Church. Protect Your people in this situation now. Provide for Phong, his family & the Church in Loas with Your perseverance in this difficult time and ask that you meet their needs abundantly. Bless them
    Marian P - USA
  • Father God, be with Phong and all other believers who are in prison. Help the families of these persecuted believers. If their Bibles and hymnbooks are taken away, pls. provide them with many more such materials. Strengthen their faith. Cause the police & all unbelievers to become Christian & to help, not hurt, the church. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen
    Lynn B - USA
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • Father thank You for Phong. I pray that Phong would be released immediately. I pray that You would have mercy on him and he would go home to his family. Please be with him in the prison and help him with whatever You have called him to do while there. I pray that You would give his wife strength. I pray for supernatural favor and release.
    Kia W - USA
  • Dear God,May Your Spirit intercede.Please help Phong and his family to endure this separation and uncertainty.May You fill them,and others suffering persecution(no matter how small)with joy and peace that goes beyond understanding so that their souls will be refreshed.And please be with the persecutors and take their hands.Thank You.InJesus'nameAmen
    Rae M - USA
  • Dear Lord, Please reunite this this family. Until they can be together again strengthen them to continue to stand for you. Please meet their physical and financial needs. Makes sure they have food to eat and a roof over their heads. Bring this virus to an end that they can move forward with their lives. Comfort them during this time of separation.
    Joyce A - USA
  • Father, God I pray for Phong, his family, and church members. Lord, please protect him and family members from danger. I pray that the authorities will have a change of heart and let them continue to worship. I pray that Phong is released from prison without harm. I pray for strength, hope, and peace.
    In Jesus name I pray, amen.
    Kymberly S - USA
  • Almighty God, please help Phong and comfort him. Please release him from prison and reunite him with his family. You are able God. Help him to be faithful and to be strong. Protect him from illness. Please cause the gospel to continue to go out in power drawing many to faith in Jesus Christ. I pray that you would be glorified, In Jesus name, Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Father, I, we, lift Mr. Phong and his family and his church to You. Thank You that the gates of hell will not prevail against You and Your word and your Church. Protect Your people in this situation now. Give Mr. Phong, his family, and Your church in Loas Your perseverance in this difficult time. You alone can bring them through this.
    Gustav J - USA
  • Please be with Phong in this time of trial. Please be with his family. May he be returned to them quickly.
    David V - USA
  • Lord, I pray that you care for Phong as he lingers in prison. Meet his every need, and use him to be a light to other prisoners and to the guards. Care for his family as they endure this separation and uncertainty. Give them hope and peace. Continue to use Phong's church to impact their village with the message of your love. Thank you Jesus!
    Joe P - USA
  • Lord, please help Phong get through this awful time. I pray that the authorities would allow his wife to visit and encourage. No matter, Lord, appear to him. Help him to hear Your truth and stay strong in Your fellowship. Lord, please help the church there to rally around them and grow stronger in their faith in the midst of all-- Lord, draw near!
    Amy G - USA
  • God, I thank you that many communities around the globe are having a "Jesus problem." I pray "Jesus problems" would continue to spread so that many, many would be saved. I pray now specifically for Phong and his family. I pray you will comfort them all during this time of separation and uncertainty. I also pray that Phong will be vindicated and freed.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that You would strengthen and encourage Phong as he waits in prison. May he rest in Your sovereign control and use all the moments You have given him to Your glory. May the gospel spread mightily throughout the prison! I pray that his wife and family would be provided for in his absence and know Your comfort.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father! We give you thanks for the lives of Phong and his family, may you use them to bring Salvation in the hearts of the Authorities in Laos, let your Revival spread allover Laos like a wild fire, uncontrolable! unquenchable!! and unstoppable!!! Till every Soul in Laos receives your Salvation then the fire will continue unending in JESUS name Amen!
    Chima U - Switzerland
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