|Sources of Persecution||Communist Oppression|
|Leader||President Trần Đại Quang|
Vietnam: A Communist Community.
In Vietnam, Christians are persecuted by their local communities and the government. They can be imprisoned, beaten and exiled from their villages because of their faith. All of this stems from the Communist culture set by the government. Church meetings are regularly disrupted, and sometimes not allowed to meet at all.
Angst and Fear.
Christians are typically tolerated in Vietnam. However, because of the origins of the Vietnamese church, Christians are seen as a dangerous Western influence and a threat to the government.
The government also regards the Church as dangerous because it mobilises large numbers of people. Authorities continue to closely watch Christians, taking any action they decide is necessary if the church is in conflict with Communist ideology.
Christians in Vietnam face increasing amounts of pressure. The inability to print Bibles also limits foundational biblical knowledge. Despite this, the church continues to grow.
Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Vietnam/Southeast Asia by:
“Before, I was zealous in evangelising, but when persecution happened to me I lacked in zeal. I was encouraged by the scripture: ‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but could not kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.’ This encouraged me to go on evangelising. I need to pray more and live a sanctified life. I don’t want to be selfish anymore. I will care for the lost more.” – Chip*, Vietnamese Believer (*name changed for security purposes)
Pray for the government to see that Christianity is not a Western influence but a blessing from God.
Pray for ethnic minorities who are coming to faith in rural areas, that their numbers will continue to grow.
Pray for family members of converts to find Christ through their testimonies.