Religious Freedom – a byproduct of persistent faith, unyielding conviction and suffering, and continual prayers and advocacy

Boukham Village, Ad-Sapangthong District, Savannakhet Province
Advocacy Alert No. 06/2008
October 16, 2008

After world-wide prayers and advocacy work, all three prisoners, Sompong, Boot and Khamvan, are now released from their imprisonment which took place approximately 4:00 p.m. (Laos time) on October 16. The situation was fairly fragile over a week ago with the chief of Boukham village (Ad-Sapangthong district of Savannakhet province in Laos) threatened to put away all three prisoners in a life-sentenced, maximum-security prison (called “Keng Kan”) in Laos where criminals of the worst kind are kept. However, persistent faith and unyielding conviction, not to recant of their new found faith in Christ, on the part of the Lao believers in Boukham village and, especially of the three prisoners themselves (Sompong, Boot and Khamvan), as well as much prayers and advocacy work of others around the globe finally see positive result. Now, the Lao believers of Boukham village have a reason to rejoice as their religious freedom to worship God is now tolerated.

However, the moment of rejoicing for the Lao believers in Savannakhet province is somewhat short-lived and curbed by the continual persecution in its neighboring province of Saravan where Lao believers in Katin village of Ta-Oyl district are threatened with further confiscation of belongings if they remain in their Christian faith. A water buffalo of the church leader, Mr. Bounchu, had already been confiscated and slaughtered by the local officials in the village square because he refused to retract his decision to believe in Christ. The local authorities made threats to confiscate more belongings if believers in Katin village continue to refuse renouncing their Christian faith.

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