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Vietnam
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Overview:

Vietnam has a repressive Communist government that actively restricts Christians’ worship in many ways. While Christian worship is legal, the government views Christians and churches as a threat to their power and control. Minority tribal groups, such as the Hmong, generally face the most violent and harsh forms of persecution, while Christians in urban centers experience pressure and harassment instead of violent opposition. Churches continue to grow as believers faithfully reach out despite these challenges.

Major Religions:

Most Vietnamese people practice a blend of ancestor worship and Buddhism.

Persecutor:

The government imposes some restrictions, while local authorities and community members violently persecute Christians in rural areas. Christian converts are persecuted by family members.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Vietnam:

New Christians in tribal areas are often evicted from their homes and villages by local authorities. Officially recognized churches are harassed by the government in various ways and are expected to report their activities and teachings to the government. All churches face government opposition when they evangelize and attempt to conduct community events. Within rural and tribal areas, believers can often meet openly, but Christian converts are targeted for harsh persecution. Christians are denied social services, utilities and access to schools.

Access To Bibles:

It is legal to own a Bible, but distribution is difficult in rural areas. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM responds to persecution and provides training for pastors and believers. We also distribute Bibles to tribal Christians and provide ministry tools for front-line workers. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for new Christians who have been rejected by their families or communities.
  • Pray that new believers will stand strong as they face family rejection, eviction and beatings.
  • Pray that believers living in cities, which offer more freedom, will care for Christians in rural areas.
  • Pray that pastors and church leaders will continue to receive training and material support.
  • Pray for Christians who have been displaced.
  • Pray for Christian workers as they take great risks to distribute Bibles and train and encourage believers.
  • Pray for ethnic-minority believers who continue to face persecution from local authorities.