Tribal communities in Laos often pressure Christians to return to spirit worship.
Tribal communities in Laos often pressure Christians to return to spirit worship.
Jun. 08, 2023 | Laos

Believers Detained by Village Leaders

[165] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Village leaders in Laos.

On Feb. 13, 2023, village authorities gathered a group of 21 Christians from a minority tribal group in Laos, detaining them at the district meeting hall. The head of the village called them traitors for believing in a religion that does not belong to their ancestors and demanded they renounce their faith in Christ. Authorities threatened to either send them to prison or hold them indefinitely at the meeting hall if they will not deny Christ. After being held for two days, 15 renounced their faith and were permitted to go home. The remaining six are holding firm. A front-line worker serving this church has been denied visitation, and food brought for these brothers was confiscated by the police. Front-line workers ask for prayer for the six remaining believers to be strong and that the 15 who renounced will return to Christ.


Write your own prayer for Village leaders in Laos

  • Dear Jesus, I pray for the Christians who are holding to their faith. I pray that they would not be killed but would be released. I pray for those who denied Jesus under pressure. I pray they will turn back to You, Jesus. Soften the hearts of the leaders to be open to Jesus.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Oh Lord Jesus Christ, so many people are in trouble and turmoil around the globe! Please ask The Father to close down this age quicker, please help and heal and protect and deliver all of Your people!
    christine s - USA
  • Father may these children of yours know the reality of your love and forgiveness, and entrust themselves completely to you.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Thank You for Your sustaining grace for those who remained faithful to You. May their testimony resound broadly. Thank You that they have been together in the trial. Comfort them according to Your great mercy. Bring conviction in the hearts of those who renounced their faith in Christ. And encourage other brothers and sisters in Christ not imprisoned.
    Toni D - USA
  • Holy Father, We implore Your Intervention on this matter. Keep Your 6 Children strong &resolute in their belief while stirring the bowels of compassion of the Police to allow sustenance. Accord wisdom to the Front- liners who are attending to this matter so that they break through. In Your mercy & love bring the 15 back to surrender to Your Will totall
    Maureen E - USA
  • Father, I pray for Your strength & sustaining power for these 6 brothers detained for the faith. Thank You for their resolution & faithfulness. Thank You for Your promise to provide for their needs. Please sustain them physically, mentally, emotionally, & spiritually. Encourage them in their isolation & despair. Help them not go hungry. Be their peace.
    April D - USA
  • Lord, we pray for Laos, and for these village leaders who seeks to destroy faith in Christ. Change their hearts and cause them to be open to your truth. May these believers stand firm in their faith, regardless of the cost, and may those who have turned away repent and be restored to you. Give courage, power and boldness from your inexhaustible supply.
    Jackie V - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Shalom, God of Peace, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Laotian Christian Village Leaders. We ask for peace, for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father God, You see the plight of these 21 Christians in Laos and we thank You for those that were released and ask for the release of the additional six. Please grant these believers resolve and faith to stand firm in their faith and love these village leaders determined to pressure them into renouncing their faith. Fill them with boldness, in Jesus.
    Forrest B - USA
  • You are powerful, Lord Christ. To the one who overcomes You give the hidden manna; people in Laos who are born of God, You say they overcome. Your message is one of spiritual freedom. Please free these believers, but until then, use them to bring their enemies to You! You work powerfully in difficult situations. Thank You and please do it again! In JNA
    Allison F - USA
  • Lord, We ask for change in the hearts and minds of those against you. Pour out your Spirit of conviction and help people understand who you are. Bless those being held with strength only you can provide, hidden food you yourself used Jesus. Come to this godless nation and save. Bring back those who have left the faith, mercies Jesus, come.
    kathy C - USA
  • In the powerful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah, God Who speaks, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Christian village leaders in Laos. We ask for provision, for a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our brothers and sisters in Laos and their willingness to follow You even in the face of vicious state persecution. I pray that You would strengthen them and the six remaining believers will be unbreakable. I pray that the 15 who renounced their faith will return to Christ and find that following Him is worth any cost.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, God thank you for the Christians who are holding strong to faith in Jesus Christ. God please open the persecutors heart and minds to Jesus Christ and grace them to receive Him as Savior. Please forgive those who denounced Jesus. Help them to turn from fear and return to Jesus Christ with Joy.
    Pam W - USA
  • Holy Spirit let revival in the word break out in that hall for all to see that God is on the throne watching over His children. I speak strength for the six incarcerated by the enemy. Let hope arise in their hearts. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Pai por favor por favor, agarra bem os seis que ainda estao firmes e fortes, e os que desfaleceram, tra los de volta para os teus bracos, e perdoa os pagaos daquela aldeia em nome de Jesus te peco amen
    Duarte S - Portugal
  • Father God, we lift up these six believers holding firm to their faith and ask for provision of their physician needs of food and shelter and also that You would remove this mandate for them to recant their faith. Draw these other 15 back to Yourself and grant them boldness to stand up to the authorities in this village that insist on them recanting.
    Forrest B - USA
  • Help your people in times of need in spiritual battles make them victorious warriors for you through you because of your love extended to them
    Debra-Dee S - USA
  • Heavenly Father, sustain these 6 who remain faithful. May they pray for and encourage each other. Walk through this trial with them. I pray that You will show mercy and bring the others back to You. May they like Peter of old, understand true reconciliation. In Jesus Name, Amen
    Deborah B - USA
  • You O Creator of the universe know the hearts and minds and trials of your children. May the persecutors relent and free the 6. May their faith be upheld by Your mercy and grace. May those who left turn again to Jesus for forgiveness that they, too, may be strong in the Lord for Your glory. Stop this treatment by the evil one. Through Jesus amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, may these six remaining believers continue to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. In spite of tremendous pressure to recant their faith in Jesus Christ, help each one to endure verbal and physical abuse and look to the author and finisher of their faith for encouragement. May the Holy Spirit strengthen them in the inner person.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Our Father, be with the 6 believers who have not given in. May they be released and brought back to their families. May those who recanted repent, like Peter, and come back to You. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that You would strengthen the believers and give them the faith and hope they need to continue to stand for Your Name. May their faithful witness work powerfully for the gospel and soften the hearts of their enemies. I pray that those who renounced You would respond to the conviction of Your Spirit and return.
    Danielle H - USA
  • In the wonderful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Elohim, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Laotian village leaders. We ask for provision, they will turn to Jesus, a hedge of protection and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord, you have said that those who acknowledge you before men will be acknowledged before your Father in heaven, but whoever denies you before men will be denied before the Father in heaven. Let this truth be brought to the minds of believers in Laos that they would hold fast and that those who have returned to spirit worship would turn back to Christ.
    Matthew E - USA
  • Oh Father, how heartbreaking. I pray You will strengthen those who did not deny You and give them comfort. I ask You to send Your angel to release them. I ask You to show Your glory. I pray for those who denied You that they will repent and that You will forgive them and strengthen their faith. In Jesus's name, amen
    Teresa V - USA
  • Lord, nobody likes to be hungry. Jesus was tempted 40 days in the wilderness, and He fasted. As You sent angels to minister to Him, send angels to strengthen these courageous six. Change the hearts of the police so they allow Your people food. Feed them on the Word of Christ and keep them faithful. Glorify Yourself when people see Your provision. IJNA
    Allison F - USA
  • Heavenly Father, You know that it is very difficult for people to stand strong when their lives are threatened. Lord, please help us all remember that it is not this life that is important, but the life that we will live with You for eternity that matters. Jesus, please help these 6 people to remember this & the others to repent for their disbelief!
    Donna H - USA
  • I cry out to You mighty God for these 6 brothers who are standing firm in their faith while being persecuted & detained by the police for their faith! LORD let Your justice prevail on their behalf! Mighty God let my brothers praise be their weapon & their persecutors cry out what must they do to be saved! LORD let the 21 repent & believe Jesus is LORD
    Kisha M - USA
  • Lord the 6 believers who have been denied food must be weakened physically over these days. It is tempting to follow the others and save one's life. Let these 6 be rescued at the nick of time. By your power, break up this illegal detention and allow the 15 others to change their minds about their recent renouncement. Let your Word comfort, renew them.
    Tan-Yeo S - Singapore
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