(International Christian Concern) — International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 8, three American Christians were detained by police in Laos as they visited villages north of Muang Sing in the Luang Namtha province.
Wayne, Autumn, and Joseph were volunteering with the US-based Christian non-profit organization Vision Beyond Borders (VBB) at the time of their detention. They were sharing Gospel literature and the Good News of Jesus Christ with villagers.
VBB has been serving Asia by reaching people through the Word and strengthening the persecuted Church since its founding 25 years ago. VBB has carried over 1 million Bibles and 15,000 tape players containing the Gospel into closed countries. Many volunteers dedicate their time and energy, taking great risks in order to bring the Word of God to people with limited access to it.
The US Embassy in Laos has been involved in the case, according to VBB. A State Department spokesman also told Radio Free Asia on Friday, “We can confirm the temporary detention and subsequent release of three U.S. citizens in Luang Namtha, Laos. We take seriously our responsibility to assist U.S. citizens abroad and are providing all appropriate consular services.”