The Church in Laos is calling for urgent prayer for five Lao Christians being held by police in the north of the country.
The five were among 37 young Christians who were detained by police as they planted trees in Meungfeung district on 18 September. Thirty-two of them were later released, including one young woman who has a four-month-old baby, but five remain in custody.
Release International partners are concerned that the group may be ill-treated in jail. Christians arrested in Laos in the past are reported to have suffered harsh interrogation and abuse, even torture.
A partner of Release said: “Please pray for them and for their families, who are very worried. Their group are all praying and fasting too. This is a big challenge for the new Christians involved.”
(Source: Voice of the Martyrs New Zealand)