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Vietnam

#19

Christians are accused of betraying their culture and community.

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“No matter how hard it is or whoever threatens us, we should not deny Him.”

– Secret Vietnamese believer

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Communist And Post-Communist Oppression
Population
99,284,000
Christian population
9,159,000
Religions
Buddhism
Leader
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Score
71
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

In Vietnam, evangelical and charismatic Protestants—along with converts from indigenous religions—often face intense pressure and violence for their faith, especially in remote areas. Believers are harassed in the workplace, and Christian children are ostracised at school.

Since religion is closely identified with ethnicity in these regions, leaving a traditional belief for Christianity may be seen as betrayal of culture and community. Therefore, Christians who belong to the country’s ethnic minorities often face social exclusion, discrimination, and attacks.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Pressure and violence targeting Christians among ethnic minorities is especially strong in the central and northwestern highlands of Vietnam. Christians who leave their tribal religions to follow Jesus are viewed as cultural and family traitors—they’re at risk for violent attack, having their children forcibly taken and having their homes and crops destroyed.

Female Christians face pressure for both their faith and their gender. Some are forced into early marriage, and many face oppression, violence, and threats within these marriages.

PRAY FOR VIETNAM

– Pray for Christians who suffer persecution, especially those from ethnic minorities.

– Pray that the local and national governments would protect the rights of all citizens.

– Pray that our local partners will have wisdom and strength to minister to those suffering.

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