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Vietnam is a communist country.

There is a lot of persecution against Christians, especially in the minority ethnic hill-tribes. The hill-tribes (or 'Montagnards') of the central highlands are largely Christian (anything up to 90%); they are of different ethnic origin to the majority Vietnamese; and, during the war, many of them helped the Americans. For these reasons, the communist government in Vietnam persecutes them. There is an active policy of arresting pastors and fathers, confiscating their homes and land (which is their livelihood and food source), and bringing in ethnic Vietnamese to settle their lands (thereby dispersing and assimilating the ethnic groups).


This young lady is from a persecuted hill-tribe in the Central Highlands.

She worked for seven years for an international missions organization in Vietnam, delivering money and medical aid to families of Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith.

In June 2015, while on a 'courier run' to a village, she was reported to the police. The police have been seeking to 'interview' her - in Vietnam, that often means torture, rape and imprisonment.

In October 2015, she and her family decided to flee Vietnam. They are in Thailand now, but their visas have expired, and they are now 'illegal immigrants'.

The family is in process of applying to the UNHCR as asylum seekers to be resettled somewhere as refugees.

 

We have developed a very close friendship with her and her entire family. Please pray for them, and many others like them.

 

 

This is her family.


The father was "under probation" because he petitioned the Vietnamese Government not to demolish a church building in a nearby town in 2008.

He has suffered a lot of persecution since then.

   

This young man was our friend's close friend. When he was 16, he was arrested for witnessing for Christ at school. In prison, he was forced to eat sand/stones and possibly poison. A few weeks later, he died.

How many of our 16 year olds would be prepared to die for Christ?

How many of us would be prepared to die for Christ?

   

This is an evangelist in Saigon who serves the Lord on a 100km circuit ministry to four churches every Sunday. In addition, he enthusiastically witnesses to anyone who hires his motorbike taxi!

His zeal to learn the Bible, to talk with his "Papa in Heaven", to evangelise and to faithfully minister is truly inspirational!

The Lord allows us to find him every time we go to Saigon - no mean feat in a city of 16 million people!


Opportunities to help:
Financial support for the family, and other Vietnamese refugees, in Thailand.
   
Pray:

Pray especially for wisdom, protection, and support for our family in Thailand.

Pray for protection for the extended family left behind in Vietnam.
Pray that the police and government in Vietnam would repent, and see that Christians seek to do good in their country, not evil.
Pray for our friend who evangelises to dozens of people each week, and ministers to hundreds every Sunday.
We were told about one Christian lady in the villages. Her husband was imprisoned 8 years ago for worshipping Christ. The family's land and home were confiscated. And then, 3 years later, the police started coming and raping the wife. There are countless cases like this. Pray for all of their needs - physical, emotional and spiritual.
One year, when we were in Saigon, a Vietnamese man approached us on the footpath. He had an English Bible in one hand, and a Vietnamese Bible in the other. He started witnessesing to us. We told him we were Christians. He went on to explain that he had been arrested 13 times for evangelising. This made him "a risk to national security". He vowed never to stop serving Christ, despite what the authorities do to him. Thank God for his courage!
 
   

 

 

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