WHO IS THE LEADER OF VIETNAM?
The leader of Vietnam is currently (acting) President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, who took on the role after the president died suddenly in September 2018.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN VIETNAM?
There are 8.6 million Christians in Vietnam. They make up 8.9 per cent of the total population of 96.5 million. The majority of the population are Buddhist.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN VIETNAM?
The Communist government monitors Christian activity and exercises a high level of pressure on all Christians. It is particularly suspicious of the ethnic minorities who live in the central and northern highlands. Tribal leaders will often exclude Christians and new converts from the community, seeing them as traitors of their culture and identity.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN VIETNAM?
Believers from ethnic minority groups face the greatest persecution, which includes harassment, violent attacks and social exclusion. Villagers collude with local Communist authorities, beating believers, kicking them out of their villages and stoning places of worship during meetings. Non-Christian relatives cut family ties and deny inheritance. Local and national government authorities persecute the Christian minority through their laws, and Christian bloggers and political activists have been arrested and sentenced.
"I believe that revival will come to Vietnam. We are getting ready for that revival."
- Bao, Vietnamese Christian
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN VIETNAM?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors supports the church in Vietnam through providing Bibles and other Christian literature, training, socio-economic development, advocacy and relief aid to tribal believers.
£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians from South East Asia in their faith.
You can tell others
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR VIETNAM
Lord Jesus, thank You for the faith of our brothers and sisters in Vietnam. Please strengthen the faith of new believers, especially those from ethnic minorities like the Hmong. Move the hearts of government leaders by Your Holy Spirit to loosen restrictions on Christian minorities, and help Open Doors workers to distribute Bibles safely to believers.