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Christian Freedom International Delivers Aid in Laos

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Christian Freedom International is providing relief aid and Bibles to the persecuted believers in Laos who often have no access to health care or other resources.

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2/13/08 Laos (ChristianNewsWire)

CFI president Jim Jacobson and other CFI personnel are making the delivery to impoverished Christians in remote villages, where access to medical care and other basic necessities are virtually impossible — particularly for those who profess the Christian faith.

Christianity is viewed as the number one “enemy of the state” in Laos, a country that is one of the last remaining Communist states in the world. Its Christians have continued to suffer under mounting persecution in recent years, including the confiscation of homes, property and churches, the arrest and imprisonment of pastors, forced renunciation of the faith, and even the threat of execution.

Hmong Christians have especially become targets for attack by the Laotian government, in a vicious genocidal campaign that has included forced starvation and the use of chemical weapons. Although its constitution supports religious freedom for all citizens, Laos has consistently ranked among the top 10 countries cited for human rights abuses, and has even openly declared its intent to “eliminate Christianity.”

CFI has repeatedly sent medical and dental teams into Laos, along with Bibles and food supplies, for Christians who have no access to healthcare and other resources. The organization’s current trip to the region comes immediately after a week-long mission in Burma, where supplies were delivered to persecuted Karen and Karenni refugees.

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