CHRISTIAN AID MISSION

CHRISTIAN AID MISSION

Prayer requested

Pastor Aroun Warapong was a driving spiritual force in his native Borikhamsay province, Laos, where he planted new churches and spurred existing congregations on to revival. He had been instrumental in evangelizing ethnic groups such as the Khamu and the Hmong. It is precisely for this reason that a number of his fellow believers in Laos believe he was not murdered by robbers, as local authorities have claimed, but killed by enemies of the gospel who may have come from within the ranks of the local government itself.
Warapong’s body was discovered by family members in a creek December 23, a day after he became missing while on his way back from a Christmas service in the Pakading district of the Borikhamsay province.
Although investigating authorities insist thieves are responsible for Warapong’s brutal murder, certain local Christians believe otherwise. “Aroun’s death resembles the death of Mr. Chiang Sung, who was Aroun’s father-in-law,” writes a native missionary, who cannot be named for security reasons. “Many years ago, because Chiang Sung was the Christian leader in the Borikhamsay province who was responsible for the expansion of Christianity there, he was imprisoned and later released from prison and shot dead.”
Moreover, Warapong was jailed two years ago because of his faith. After his release, he continued preaching the gospel despite many threats. His life is a wonderful example of one’s dedication to Christ. Although his body was not allowed to be buried in his home village, it was buried in Vientiane province, Laos. At his funeral service on Christmas Eve (December 24), his wife pleaded with Christians in Laos to continue preaching the gospel fearlessly, as her husband had done.
Christian Aid has also received an update on Mr. Vangthong and Mr. Khamchan, two Christian leaders from Savannakhet province in southern Laos who were arrested on March 27, 2005.
Vangthong, 31, and Khamchan, 59, were sentenced last July to three years’ imprisonment on apparently false charges of possessing illegal weapons. Since their arrest, Christian Aid’s contacts in Laos report, officials have repeatedly told Vangthong and Khamchan that if they sign a paper swearing to renounce Christ they will be released. Both men have refused to do so and thus remain in prison in Savannakhet province.
A Laotian believer recently wrote to Christian Aid, “Currently, Mr. Khamchan is experiencing critical health problems—his legs are swollen but he cannot receive medical attention. Please pray for both these Christian men. Other Lao Christian leaders have petitioned the Savannakhet provincial religious affairs officers for the release of these two men, but their petition has been denied.”
A third report was received by Christian Aid that the chief of the Toonmakmee village (Nong district, Savannakhet province, Laos) issued an eviction notice for Mrs. Meud and her family to leave the village “since it does not want any Christians living in their village.” The letter suggested that they move to Adarn village (Phin district, Savannakhet province) to live with other Lao Christians. Many others are being evicted from their home villages.
Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in communist Laos. While certain parts of the country seem to be experiencing increased religious freedom, many other areas—particularly rural—remain dangerous for Christians. Pray also for Mrs. Meud and her family as well as the wives and children of Warapong, Vangthong and Khamchan.
Christian Aid Mission
8 Ene '06

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