Laos Releases, Deports US Citizens Accused of Unauthorized Missionary Work

UPDATED at 3.45 P.M. EDT on 2019-04-18

Three U.S. citizens held in Laos since last week on suspicion of disseminating bibles and Christian material without government approval have been released and deported to neighboring Thailand on Thursday, their organization told RFA’s Lao Service.

The volunteers for the Wyoming-based Vision Beyond Borders–identified only by their given names, Wayne, Autumn and Joseph–were picked up by police in a scenic corner of northern Laos’ Luang Namtha province on April 8, after handing out religious materials to villagers, a policeman and a witness told RFA.


RFA’s Lao Service