Vui’s family were poor, but moved to Ho Chi Minh City to find a better life for their family. They struggled to scrape enough money together to pay for Vui’s university education, but all their efforts paid off. After graduation, Vui started her own business and it grew and grew. She travels internationally and earns enough to support her entire family. What more could her parents have wanted?
The economy in Vietnam grows by more than 10 per cent every year. Over the past decade manufacturing and agricultural export has boomed and in 2007 Vietnam joined the World Trade Organisation. In the countryside illiterate parents are sending their children to school and young adults in the cities are earning salaries ten times that of their parents.
But Vui works around 15 hours a day, seven days a week. Though she regularly sends money to her family, she rarely has time to see them. She has even less time for friendships or relationships.
Chau is the daughter of wealthy parents in the big city. She is happy and has a large group of friends. She’s got a mobile phone and a laptop computer. She’s talented, lively and ambitious. She’s studying international business at a top university and speaks good English. After graduation she’s sure to get a top job with a foreign company, and hopes to go abroad in a few years to study for an MBA. Chau’s family is Buddhist but it doesn’t seem to mean that much to her – she’s too busy having fun and fulfilling her dreams. What more does Chau need?
The new generation’s widened perspectives, searching questions and desire to learn often makes it difficult for them to engage with a Church that is seen to be out of touch with the rapid changes in society.
- Pray against growing materialism and pray for those who are seeking fulfilment in wealth and success to find real life in Christ.
- Pray for Church leaders to respond to the needs of the younger generation in an effective, and perhaps radical way.
- Pray that believers in business would be able to share the good news with many others around them.