Release of Three American Christians Held in Laos Might Be Delayed

04/16/2019 Laos (International Christian Concern) – ICC reported yesterday on three American Christians detained last week in northern Laos for distributing Christian materials. The U.S. organization they volunteer for, Vision Beyond Borders (VBB), provided an update on Monday that they have been free from police custody, but still confined to a guest house and the surrounding village. The ongoing lengthy holiday has slowed the progress on their case.

Eric Blievernicht, acting Operations Manager of VBB, told Radio Free Asia the three had surrendered their passports to authorities but can walk out of the guesthouse and around the village now.

Although he has not spoken directly to the three in fear that local authorities will monitor phone calls, he said he has spoken to their stateside family members.

Given the three Americans were caught up during the Lao New Year, where the country celebrates from April 13 to April 16, and government offices are closed, they might have to wait a week or more until their case is resolved.The three VBB volunteers, Wayne, Autumn, and Joseph, were taken by the police as they visited villages north of Muang Sing in the Luang Namtha province on April 8. They were distributing Bibles and other gospel materials to villagers at the time of their detention.

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