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Laos: Elderly Couple Kicked out of Village for Embracing Christ

Elderly Couple Kicked Out of Their Home and Village Due to Their Embracing the Christian Faith

ICC Note: In this brief report, a Christian rights group in Laos reports that a couple in their fifties were denied the right to return home after traveling to a nearby village and accepting Jesus as their Savior. The couple had heard a report of healing and went to a nearby village to seek prayer. When their village chief learned of this he issued an eviction order and the couple was told to go live in a village with Christians, as no Christians would be welcome in their old town.

2/15/2013 Laos (HRWLFR) - Approximately on January 23, 3012, the chief of Chumpoy village (Mr. Sompeng), Sanamsai district, Attapeu province, issued a written eviction order to Mr. Sakien, age 52, and his wife, Dong, because they sought prayers for physical healing and then embraced the Christian faith. They are currently being denied the right to return to their home in Chumpoy village. They are presently seeking refuge in Intee village (formerly Somsuk village) in Sanamsai district. Sakien is still very ill and in need of medical treatment. He and Dong are being provided a temporary shelter in an unfinished church building (without walls) in Intee village.

In December 2012, Mr. Sanien (Sakien’s son) and his wife (Mrs. Pitsamai) went to Intee village church and sought prayers for physical healing for Pitsamai’s physical illness due to childbirth. At Intee village church, Sanien and Pitsamai embraced the Christian faith and later returned to Chumpoy village and told Sakien about Pitsamai’s physical healing and their newly embraced faith. Thus around January 10, 2013, Sakien and Dong also went to Intee village and sought prayers for physical healing and embraced the Christian faith. Thus, on January 23, 2013, Chumpoy village chief issued the eviction order that they be denied residency in Chumpoy village due to their decision to exercise their religious right to embrace the Christian faith. They were ordered not to return to Chumpoy village. Instead, they were told to go and find places to live where there are Christians because Chumpoy village does not welcome or allow followers of the Christian faith.

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