Tam came from a poor rural family. His parents already had 7 older children and Tam was just one too many in all the mouths they had to feed. Unable to care for him, his parents sent him to an orphanage.
Whilst there Tam heard about Jesus. He received the good news with joy. In fact, it is hard for him to not share Christ with everyone that he meets! Now that Tam has graduated and gone off to university in the city, his faith is even stronger.
As Tam well knows, Vietnam is a tough place to live. The harshness of life leads to the breakdown of parenting, families, and even of life itself, leaving many children with no one willing or able to care for them. Life becomes a matter of survival, of finding a way to deal with the hunger and hopelessness of each day.
For centuries Vietnam has struggled to take care of the street children and orphans. Government programs do exist to supplement such children with a small stipend, but this may only amount to 30 cents per day. State-run orphanages are crowded with abandoned children, mostly those with deformities, illnesses or HIV. Unfortunately assistance through international adoptions has been halted by concerns of corruption.
- Pray that orphans will have opportunities to hear the gospel and know their Father God.
- Pray for those who leave orphanages as adults, dealing with their experiences and facing many challenges.
- Pray for the huge need for Christian orphanages in Vietnam, especially for suitable staff and finances.