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LAOS: Brother Risks Eviction by Choosing to Honor God

While Wru was making funeral arrangements for his mother in July 2023, the village headman asked permission to play a game that involved gambling during the funeral observances. Funeral observances in Laotian villages are often considered community affairs and include a variety of activities. Wru told the headman no, stating, “I am a Christian, and I want to give honour to my God. I do not support the idea of gambling, especially in my mother’s funeral.” The village headman, feeling that he had “lost face” in the interaction, was angry and threatened to kick Wru and any other Christians out of the village. The threats have continued since that time. Wru and the other Christians of the village have stayed firm in their faith, but the loss of relationships in the community has been painful.

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