Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Sunday 18 March 2012
Daily Prayer - Sunday 18 March 2012
Sixteen days with their legs in wooden stocks was the punishment for seven church leaders arrested in December 2011 in Boukham village in Laos, because they had held a Christmas party attended by over 200 people. The village authorities said that this violated the traditional spirit cult of the village. The seven had also each been ordered to pay a fine of US$125 and a cow (worth US$600) but this was later reduced to just US$125 each. The seven were released on 12 January after provincial and central authorities intervened. Pray that they may now be left alone to continue their ministry in peace. “Despite these challenges, the believers remain undaunted and fervent for the Lord,” reported a visitor who met three of the seven soon after their release.