Pray for
Vietnam

Against the odds

Topic: Church

Hang had always been a regular church member, but more and more she felt the Lord calling her to give up her job and devote herself to full-time ministry. She began to visit people in her local area, sharing the gospel with everyone she met. Several turned to God.

The nearest church was too far away for these poor neighbours to attend, so before long a small group started meeting regularly in Hang’s home to sing and study the Bible together. As numbers grew, Hang enlisted the help of an elder from her church, and together they started Sunday services. Three years on, a congregation of about eighty people now meets in a purpose-built building on land next to Hang’s house.

Son lived with his family in one of the poorest suburbs of Ho Chi Minh City. Their neighbourhood was largely populated by factory workers, who worked long hours, doing repetitive manual labour in the numerous factories near by. Wages are low – a factory worker may earn around £45 a month, only slightly more than the minimum wage. Most live in cramped accommodation, sharing dormitories with other factory workers.

Like most of the working class neighborhoods, there was no church in Son’s suburb. But Son was a Christian and desperate to share God’s love with the people around him. So he completed some classes at the Bible college and began to build friendships with his neighbours. One lady became a believer and, seeing how it changed her life, several of her friends wanted to hear about Jesus too. A small group is now meeting every week in Son’s house.

Pray

  • Praise God that many churches in Vietnam have captured the vision to plant more churches and are reaching large numbers of non-believers.
  • Pray for new fellowships throughout Vietnam and for bold believers who are willing to relocate to new areas in order to spread the gospel.
  • For Vietnamese who hear the gospel in the cities to form groups of believers when they return to their rural hometowns.