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ICC Note: According to OpenDoors, two teenage sisters in Laos who converted from animism to Christianity have experienced persecution after they decided to believe in Jesus— they were beaten and tied up by their own family members, threatened by the head of village, and eventually had to move to other village. Despite the hardship, their faith remains strong. Laos is ranked 24 on Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where believers face the most persecution, and has received the maximum score in the violence category.

12/28/2017 Laos (Gospel Herald) –Two teenage sisters in Laos who converted from animism to Christianity have shared how their family members beat them, tied them up, locked them out of the house, and left them there for four days — but their faith remains unshaken.

17-year-old Nani and 16-year-old Nha Phong converted to Christianity in autumn 2016 after hearing the truth of the gospel from a family member.

“My cousin told me about the Good News,” Nani told persecution watchdog Open Doors. “He is a pastor in a church located in a village near ours. I liked what I heard very much, and that’s why I became a believer.”

The sisters soon became involved in their local church — but their newfound faith didn’t come without repercussions. The girls’ parents and extended family members, devout animists, strongly opposed their decision to become followers of Jesus.

“When we went to church one time, our family became very angry at us. They told us not to go. My cousin and nephew said I needed to go back to my old religion, and if I didn’t they would hit me and force me out of the church,” said Nani.

That time, the cousin did not fulfil his threat. But three weeks later, when the girls left for church, their family members – around six to nine people – followed them secretly­ and dragged the sisters out of the worship service

“They tied us up and my dad hit my sister, but he didn’t hit me. I don’t know why,” Nani recalled.

They took the sisters back to their village, where they were separated and kept tied up for several days.

“They took me to my uncle’s house and asked me over and over again: ‘Do you still believe in God?’ They threatened me and told me that unless I renounced my new faith, they would keep me tied up,” said Nha Phong.

Eventually, after four days, the sisters were released.


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