Laos is unique as one of the few remaining Marxist-Leninist countries that also follows Theravada Buddhism. Being Lao is synonymous with being Buddhist; Christians who do not participate in traditional festivities and ceremonies face Buddhist aggression. Evangelism is effectively prohibited on the grounds it would create social division. Families see Christianity as breaking family unity. The majority of persecuted Christians are from a tribal background, and face severe persecution – mostly instigated by animists and spiritists who lose their trade due to conversions.
• That Christians will respond to monitoring by village officials with wisdom and sensitivity
• For believers from the Katin or Hmong tribes, who are especially vulnerable. Some have been killed in army clashes
• Give thanks for reports that orders to expel 10 Christian families from their village were retracted.