Flag of Laos Rank: 21
Score: 62/100
2013 Rank: 18
Leader: President Choummaly Sayasone
Government: Communist state
Main Religion: Buddhism
Population: 6.5 million (187,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Communist oppression/Religious militancy

Christian Persecution in LaosBeing one of the five remaining Marxist-Leninist countries in the world, Christians in Laos face opposition both from the Communist party, who consider them to be ‘foreign agents’, and from local Buddhist leaders, who believe that Laos and Buddhism belong inextricably together and want to keep their country ‘pure’. Christians, particularly from tribal areas, are arrested, detained and pressured to renounce their faith. Some are even killed. Conducting church activities require government permission, but the government rarely gives consent. Only a limited number of registered Christian congregations are allowed to have services.


  • There is a lack of trained leaders as most Christians live in remote areas. Ask God to provide ways for leaders to receive training.
  • Printing or importing Christian materials is restricted. Pray that God’s people will gain access to His Word.
  • Believers from the Hmong tribes are sometimes targeted and killed in army clashes. Pray for their protection.

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  • GilbertDavis

    Father God , please speak to the hearts of those that oppose The Gospel in Laos and may many repent toward to God and place their faith and trust toward The LORD Jesus Christ . IN His name I pray, Amen

    • Jeffrey Struck

      Lord God Almighty,we know that in the end,all opposition will be crushed,it is futile to rebel let alone oppose the living,powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ.
      We pray,agreeing that one or more will make it past that power of opposition through the help of the Holy Spirit and recieve Your free gift undeserved,Jesus Christ as we all know that the Power of Lord God Almighty melts down all other powers in limited existence.In Jesus’ precious name we pray in unity.Amen.

  • Amy

    I pray today for all of the believers in Laos. I pray against the spirit of Buddhism that has pervaded the country and ask that your Holy Spirit would begin to flood this nation and turn people’s hearts toward seeking after You. I ask that You would grant more and more opportunities for people to come to know You – through direct evangelism, through radio/TV/internet, through crusades and services wherever that is possible, even for just a few people. Or through dreams and visions and supernatural manifestations. Let Your gospel spread in Laos so that so many will come to know You as their Lord and Savior.

    I pray that You would grant extreme wisdom and discernment to every Christian when responding to village and government officials who may be monitoring their activity. I pray that they would know when to speak and when to be silent. I pray that they would be ready and open to opportunities to share the gospel even with those officials, when Your Spirit prompts them to do so. Only You know who is ready to hear truth and when… so please give them that discernment to know what to do in each moment.

    I pray specifically and join my prayers with all those praying today for believers from the Katin and Hmong tribes who are experiencing intense persecution. I pray that You would help them in every way that they need help. I pray for their physical safety and for their emotional strength during times of persecution – and again for wisdom so that they would know what to do and how to respond. I know that Your heart is for those who are vulnerable and poor and disenfranchised – so I know that You are already moved to compassion to help these people. Please provide their every need and encourage them when they are weak.

    I pray for Christians who are being told or forced to evacuate their homes. Thank You for the praise report where 10 Christian families did NOT have to evacuate – but they will still need Your wisdom and protection from those who do not want them to remain. Please be with other villagers who are being given similar order – I ask that You would retract them if that is Your will, and if You choose to allow them to be dispersed please be so close to them. Please provide them with everything that they need and use what looks like something meant for evil and turn it around for good. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • William Dlubak

    I pray in Rebbe Malech Yeshua HaMoshiach Ben Elohim’s name that He protects and watches over all Believers in Laos and all over the world. For people who are filled with darkness are blind to the truth which is only found in Yeshua HaMoshiach. I pray also for Israel that they come to believe in Abba’s only Begotten Son. For salvation is through the water and His precious Blood…Amen

  • Jane Herrmann VanOsdol

    Praying Psalm 3 around the Laos believers. You are a shield around them o Lord!

  • Ernest Zenone

    Dear Jesus, I pray for your protection upon the saints in Laos. I pray for the defeat of the kingdom of Satan and all false religions in this land. Please provide support, spiritually and physically for your people and that many more faithful churches will be raised up in Laos. May thy Word have free course and be glorified throughout Laos. Please raise up a government that will protect and countenance the church in Laos. In Jesus Name, I ask this. Amen


    Right from today we will uphold the beloved brothers and sisters of Loas in our prayers… Let God enable every believer to live for the faith. Christian history reveles.. whenever people of God oppressed and persecuted they multiplied more and more…. Sure all afflictions and persecution will yield more souls in Loas for the Kingdom of God.

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