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Two Men Arrested for Transporting Hymnals

May 18, 2016 by Brianna Nishie in ,

Please pray for Hian and Phung in Laos. While transporting hymnals last Saturday, they were apprehended by Vietnamese authorities. The police confiscated their motorcycles, which had been provided by Open Doors, and sent them to jail in Southern Laos.

Vietnam is number 20 on the Open Doors World Watch List, and one of the five remaining countries in the world still ruled by a communist party. Although the dominant religion is Buddhism, the Catholic Church holds a strong presence as the largest Christian group. The government and the Catholic Church have a rocky relationship largely due to a perceived “foreign power” associated with Catholics, resulting from their association with the West. On top of this, there is a divide between Catholics and Protestants, illustrated through the phrase, “Catholics are French, Protestants are American”. Recently there was a revised version of Law No. 92, potentially allowing Christians more freedom. However, since the government usually seeks to maintain control, not much change is expected to come from this revision.

Please for the safety and freedom of Hian, Phung and other believers in Vietnam. Pray for the work of Open Doors and for all who are persecuted for their faith in this country. Pray for the gospel to spread, in spite of this set back.

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4 responses to “Wife of Imprisoned Pastor Activist Arrested and Beaten”

  1. Oh precious Father, please make a way for these in Vietnam. Bring leaders of that country into a saving faith and give your children the boldness and the divine appointments to tell others of Your saving grace. Protect your own Father. Let a wave of spiritual awakening and revival start here that will sweep across the globe. In Jesus Name, Amen

  2. What an inspiration it is for me to see a brother take on so much risk and suffering for Christ’s sake. It certainly puts things in perspective for me. We all could use that prayer not to give up, Amen.

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