‘You are not on the list’—100+ Christians refused COVID-19 aid in Vietnam

May 28, 2020 by Lindy Lowry in Asia

Our field recently shared that 18 Christian families in north Vietnam—107 people, including children and the elderly—have been denied coronavirus-related government aid because they follow Jesus.


“You are Christians and your God shall take care of your family!” authorities told all 18 families. “The government is not responsible for your families!”

Although Vietnam has already lifted its nationwide lockdown, the government and several charitable organizations still provide support countrywide especially to those who are poor, have meager incomes or have lost their jobs during the lockdown.

According to our Open Doors local partner in the area, these families are poor. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns, their work has stopped. “They strive to put food on their tables, and they consume their rice little by little every day,” he says. “When they learned that the government’s support was coming to their district, they were so happy—only to find out that they were not on the list because they are Christians.”

Through our local partners, Open Doors is currently in touch with these believers and is arranging to provide food relief kits and other urgent needs for them.

Pray with persecuted believers and help provide food relief kits

  • Pray that the Lord will touch the hearts of the local authorities and convict them to provide them with their most pressing needs. Pray that official would meet Christ and experience the God of these 18 families.
  • Pray for these families and bring them tangible reminders of God’s promises to care for His children.
  • These Christians are not the only believers in Vietnam receiving this cruel and biased treatment from their country’s government. Pray that God bring them to Open Doors’ attention and put people in their path to provide for their physical and spiritual needs.
  • May that our Father will be their comfort and deliverer during this crisis.
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