Christians in Laos Are Told to Renounce Faith in Jesus Christ If they Want Food

Malnourishment is afflicting 13 people from four families who have accepted Christ in a village in Laos as government officials distributing rice, livestock and cash to drought-afflicted people bypassed Christians.

“The government wants to give special assistance to the people, but the village headman did not give any to the Christians,” the leader of a native ministry said. “They are waiting until they renounce their faith.”

Ostracized by villagers, the Christians cannot buy rice, salt, soap and other items, he said. Local officials tried to force them to sign confessions and leave the village – twice – which they refused to do because they had nowhere to go, he said.

Village leaders prohibit the Christians from talking with anyone about Christ.