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Laotian pastors are released from jail

ICC Note:

Six Laotian pastors who were arrested in March earlier this year on their way to Thailand to attend a pastoral training seminar have been released from prison, but three are still being held.

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11/26/08 Laos (MNN) There’s good news and bad news coming out the country of Laos.

“The good news is that Voice of the Martyrs contacts told us last week that six pastors that had been held since the month of March this year, have now been released from prison. The bad news in this story is there are three pastors who are still being held,” Nettleton says.

The pastors were arrested as they were heading to Thailand for a pastoral training seminar.

A recent report from Compass Direct says eight family members were evicted by village leaders for simply converting to Christ. Nettleton says village level persecution is common, “Although, at the national level, there’s definitely a desire to control the church. There’s definitely a desire to prevent Christian work and evangelism from going on within the country of Laos.”

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