Christians are perceived as Western agents and the state, with the help of tribal leaders, watches churches closely. The government requires permits for larger gatherings and issues them last minute – if at all – to deter people from attending. Converts from Buddhism come under pressure from family and community, and authorities in tribal areas often hire gangsters to harass pastors and new believers. The government has begun placing more restrictions on Christians in the wake of the Arab Spring.
- More than a dozen believers were imprisoned in 2012. Pray for strength and perseverance for these persecuted Christians in prison
- For Christians from ethnic minority groups, like the Hmong, who face great pressure to return to traditional beliefs
- Importing Christian materials is prohibited. Pray for safety for those distributing Open Doors’ Illustrated Children’s Bible.