This 27-year-old woman refused to renounce Christ in spite of the threat of going to prison.
This 27-year-old woman refused to renounce Christ in spite of the threat of going to prison.
Dec. 31, 2020 | Laos

Permission to Follow Christ Denied

[230] prayers in [17] nations have been posted for Wat and his wife.

When Wat and his wife wanted to accept Christ, the front-line worker who shared the gospel with them was afraid. He knew their village head was a tough man. So he advised them to ask for permission first. The couple asked for permission, but the village head did not give it. They accepted Christ anyway. When the village head found out, he called the couple to a meeting, where he told them, “If you do not listen, I will put cuffs on both of you and throw you in prison!” The couple answered, “How can we stop? We promised the Lord that we will not throw our faith away. Whatever circumstances come, we will not stop.” So far, the village head has not followed through on his threat. “There are many in the village who want to become Christians, but they are afraid of the village head,” a VOM partner wrote. “Do keep them in your prayers.”

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  • Dear Jesus, help Wat and his wife. Please give them courage, strength and wisdom. Also give them joy in knowing You, Jesus. Soften the heart of the village leader. Give courage to others in the village who are considering following Jesus.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Father God,

    We lift up brother Was and his wife. May you protect them, bless them, and shield them from all harm. Thank you for their courage, boldness, and faithfulness. May many more come to know You through their witness.
    In Jesus Name
    Aaron M - Japan
  • Father, we pray you will remove the blinders from the eyes of this village head, and for his heart to be softened. Please help him accept the truth of Jesus' love for him and come to faith in Christ. In the meantime, give Wat and his wife great courage and boldness, and may many others in the village be saved. Protect them, Lord! We thank you!
    Jackie V - USA
  • Precious LORD, thank You again for Wat and his wife. Please keep them safe in Your care, both spiritually and physically. May the heart of the village head be softened and won to Christ. May the others who are afraid to come forward lose all fear and stand boldly for You God. In Jesus' Name I pray. Thank You. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • I pray they would receive a new family and community in Christ with support and love. And I pray for safety and provision. In Jesus name.
    David A - USA
  • Jesus please change the perspective of this village head to respect for Wat and his wife for their sticking to their commitment to you. Encourage and protect them and let their bold stand for you make others brave.
    michele r - USA
  • Almighty God and Father of the Universe. We praise you you and glorify you for this wonderful couple for Christ Our Lord. Thank you for giving them strength and courage to stand up for their faith. Bless them, protect them and provide for them. Use them Lord to spread the Gospel and for others to come to faith in Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Oh LORD, you are mighty. Stronger than the village boss who threatens Wat and his wife. Put fear in his heart to go against the only God. Soften his resolve to do harm, and open his eyes to your redemption. Give Wat and the others in the village a hunger and thirst for you. Protect them from evil, and renew their strength. In Jesus, AMEN
    SM D - USA
  • Thank You for the bravery of this couple and their desire to follow You. May they only continue to grow and strengthen in their faith, and may their example inspire the others in their village who are fearful of accepting You. May the gospel spread and transform this village, and may many come to know You as their Savior.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Lord, please be with Wat and his wife.
    Lindsay K - USA
  • Father God, Holy Spirit, change the heart of the village head that he would come to Christ, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Lord keep Wat and his wife safe as they honor You in their faith. Praying for all in this village who want to become Christians but are in fear. Bind their fears and may they come and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord
    margaret m - USA
  • Thank You Lord for the faith that Wat and his wife are demonstrating to all in that village. I pray that You would soften the heart of the village head that he too might see the need to accept Christ for salvation.
    Dennis C - USA
  • Father, thank you for Wat and for his courage to come to Christ in spite of the threats. Thank you that so far he has not been put in prison. Please continue to protect him and others who have come to the faith. And if threats are carried out, please give them the faith and assurance that you are there with them and that you will take care of them.
    Vicki W - USA
  • Dear God, please allow Wat and his wife to remain free and safe. Help them to be bold in their faith and to not have any fear. Please protect them from harm. Help the people of Laos to see that Jesus Christ is Lord, and bring a great Revival and Awakening there!
    Tricia G - USA
  • Father I thank you for Wat and his wife and the courage that they show to follow Jesus. I pray that there will be peace and reconciliation in their village. I pray that Wat and his wife will be great examples of love and courage to their fellow villagers who want to follow Jesus.
    Paul K - USA
  • Thank God, I thank you for strengthening the faith of Wat, his wife, and all those who want to follow Christ, not men. Praise God we do not need "permission" to follow You. Christ gave His life freely that ALL can be included in His sacrifice and resurrection. We love you Lord. Please protect the converts and let Your Spirit reign over Laos.
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father we bless You for the courage of Your children Wat and his wife. Thank You that they are not turning back, and in so doing they are examples to others in the village who are also considering the claims of Christ. We know that the village head remains in that position only as long as You choose. May he come to trust in Christ through their witness
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear Father in Heaven, I think you for these precious believers, Was and his wife. Their boldness for You encourages my faith - May I be more like t hem. Please strengthen and protect them in Jesus Name as they witness and live out their lives for you! Bless them Lord I pray!
    Jennifer T - USA
  • Wat and his wife to find a new village.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Father God, thank you for the faith and testimony of Wat and his wife. Please protect them and provide for their needs. I pray for the village head, that you would draw him into the kingdom of heaven through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please let the gospel go out all through Laos and draw many to faith in Jesus. I pray that the name of Jesus will be e
    Julia F - USA
  • In the name of King Jesus, our heavenly Father, as brothers and sisters in Christ we bring Wat and family before You. We adore You for their faithfulness. We ask for provision for them, love of the King for them, a hedge of protection and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, we pray for blessings and spiritual growth and fruit for this faithful couple. We ask for this leader through Your Spirit to be drawn to the Lord in time. May he see their love and peace and joy and hunger for forgiveness and righteousness. Confuse the spirit of fear over the villagers and may they step out to faith regardless. Keep them
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, I pray for Wat and his wife. Thank you that they stood firm in their commitment to a keep strong in their faith despite threat of persecution. Continue to protect them from the village head. May they be a witness to him that he too will desire to give his life to Christ. And for all those who fear him, help them to submit to You.
    Betty D - USA
  • I praise you for the steadfastness off Wat and his wife. Let steadfastness have its full effect on then that they may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing. Shine your light of who you truly are to the head of this village that many will come to you. Blessings, grace and protection for the front line worker who shared the gospel to continue on.
    Lori R - USA
  • LORD Most High, You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. Please frustrate the work of this village head. Draw him to Your throne. Lavish courage, wisdom and love to this husband and wife desiring to follow You. Draw many more to you. All For Your Glory!
    Joe R - USA
  • Loving Lord, we pray for Wat and his wife and all others wanting to convert to Christianity. Bring dreams and visions of you to the village head so he will not persecute them and others wanting to come to you. May they all come to know you as the Way, the Truth and the Life. In the mighty and powerful name of Jesus. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
  • Lord God, please protect this couple from harrassment and persecution, as they quietly live their faith. Keep them courageous, and let their example shine like a light in the darkness.
    Jocelyn L - USA
  • Dear God,
    What a commitment this couple has shown! I praise You also for the wisdom of the front-line worker in attempting to maintain their peace and safety. Please use their witness to share the gospel to many, and I pray that the village head may see their work and find Christ also for himself. Amen.
    Valerie C - USA
  • Lord, I pray for Wat and his wife in Laos to have the courage to stand strong in their faith. Thank you for giving them the boldness to accept you as their Lord and Savior. Please turn the heart of that village head towards you and soften him. I pray that your word will go forth in Wat's village and that the devil will have no power of new believers.
    Nadja P - USA
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