An 18-year-old boy and 20-year-old girl in Laos were expelled from their home because of their Christian faith, Voice of the Martyrs reports. When their mother became ill, village elders claimed the spirits were displeased because the two Christian children were living in the house. An older son tried to persuade his brother and sister to recant their faith, but they refused. Their mother then accused them of hating their older brother and wishing him dead, and she threw their belongings out of the house and told them to leave immediately. The two young Christians sought refuge in the Christian village where they had originally heard the gospel, and were welcomed there with open arms.