Christians in Vietnam are being subjected to increased persecution. Historical Christian communities experience arrests and land-grabbing by the authorities. Converts to Christianity from Buddhist or ethnic-animist backgrounds face the strongest persecution, which comes not only from the authorities, but also from families, friends and neighbors. Protestant Christian believers tend to gather in house-churches, and their members face discrimination at various levels of society. The Catholic Church is by far the largest Christian community in the country, but the government sees it as being tied to foreign powers, and as a remnant from French colonial days. On November 18, 2016, the communist government adopted a new Law on Belief and Religion, which limits freedom of religion considerably. To stand with persecuted believers in Vietnam, Open Doors provides them with trainings for ministry workers, discipleship programs, Bible and literature distribution, literacy trainings, advocacy and more.
RECENT NEWS FROM VIETNAM
Please pray for Donh*, a Vietnamese believer who was severely beaten by a local police officer in the first week of July. + READ MORE
In a province in Northern Vietnam, Khanh endured a beating from his own brother on the evening of March 29 that left him bloodied and injured, with wounds on his leg and head. Khanh, 28, and his wife and his daughter, became followers of Jesus just five months ago. They have been meeting with other […] + READ MORE
As students gathered for a Bible class, Hanoi security forces arrived and arrested the assembled believers. Pastor Nguyen* reported Jan. 23 that “Last week we were arrested by Hanoi security during our Bible class. All students had to stay in the police station and were divided one-by-one to write about what we were doing. The […] + READ MORE
Vietnamese pastor imprisoned for fighting for religious freedom protests the inhumane treatment to which he has been subjected. + READ MORE
PRAYER POINTS FOR VIETNAM
- Pray for proper discipleship of the many ethnic minorities coming to faith in rural areas.
- Pray for family members pressuring their relatives to return to traditional faiths and rituals.
- Pray that Christians in Vietnam from different backgrounds would find unity in Christ and support one another under persecution.