Laos (MNN) — Plain-clothes police in Laos arrested 13 Christians
on June 12, Voice of the Martyrs-Canada reports.
The Christians were working in a Christian village, as they
did on a daily basis, when the police questioned them. Officials have not yet offered any
explanation for the arrest, or for the continued detention of the believers at
a provincial police station.
The Laotian government places heavy restrictions on most
religious groups, while openly promoting Buddhism and Buddhist organizations. Open Doors Ministries recently named Laos
number 8 on its list of the worst places in the world to be a Christian. Authorities have arrested, murdered, and
starved Christians and their families in order to pressure them to renounce
According to the CIA, 67 percent of the country's approximately
6,800,000 people are Buddhist. Only 1.5 percent are Christian.
that God will protect Laotian Christians and give them boldness to share His