Despite harsh persecution and discrimination against Christians in Laos, which Open Doors ranked among the top 10 World Watch List of Countries where Christians are persecuted, the church continues to grow.

Patrick Klein, president and founder of Vision Beyond Borders, told Mission News Network that there are more Christian believers than there are bibles within the community.

Klein said, “They have now over 200 churches throughout the country [and] over 60,000 believers. Young people are very open to the gospel. Even the church service we attended, the majority of them were young people. They’re searching. They want the truth. They’re hungry for Jesus Christ.”

Persecution remains high in the country. Weeks ago, the rice paddies of 11 Christian families were destroyed by officials and residents of Katin village in Sarvan province, Mission News Network said.

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