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Lent Prayer - Vietnam

Country/Region: Vietnam, South and East Asia

On 13 November 2011 a violent gang attacked an unregistered house church in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi. Twelve Christians were seriously injured, and the pastor was threatened with death and beaten unconscious.

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Christians from Vietnam’s hill-tribes suffer pressure and persecution
from the authorities

Such attacks are believed to be part of the Vietnamese authorities’ sustained efforts to harass and intimidate the country’s Christians, who make up only some 9% of the population. All churches are supposed to register with the government and submit to its direction, and unregistered groups are particularly vulnerable to persecution. Officials break up meetings, confiscate religious literature and threaten Christians with arrest. Police have even destroyed church buildings or imprisoned members on charges of violating national security.

The Communist government has also been increasing pressure on Vietnam’s hill-tribe Christians, such as the Degar, imprisoning members, closing churches and pressuring believers to renounce their faith publicly. Hundreds have been sentenced to long terms of custody or are languishing in prison awaiting trial. In one incident police attacked an open-air congregation, beating men, women and children with sticks and electric batons.

Registered churches have to accept extensive regulation of their membership, leadership and ministry. Although they do have a measure of freedom to gather and worship, they too are not immune from attacks.

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Could you introduce three of your Christian friends or family to the work of Barnabas Fund and encourage them to take an interest in it? Barnabas Aid, our free magazine, contains interesting news and informative articles about persecuted Christians and reports on what we are doing to help them. Why not show it to a few people in your church or small group who share your concern for the suffering churches (we are happy to send you extra copies if you would like them) and ask if you can send us their names and contact details? Send the details to your national Barnabas office (addresses on back cover of this booklet).www.barnabasfund.org/resources
Give thanks to the Lord for the courage and perseverance of Christians in Vietnam as they continue to worship and serve Him despite the authorities’ attempts to control and intimidate them. Pray for those who have suffered in recent raids and attacks or are unjustly imprisoned, that God will comfort and strengthen them. Pray especially for Degar Christians and others who belong to ethnic minorities, that the pressure on them will be relieved. Pray for greater freedom for Christians in Vietnam and that the government will cease to regard them as a threat to national security.

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