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Vietnam

Ranked as the #16 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Truong Tan Sang
Government: Communist state

Population: 93.3 million (9.9 million Christians)
Main Religion: Buddhism

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Communist oppression

OVERVIEW OF VIETNAM

VietnamVietnam is one of the few remaining countries in the world following a communist ideology. Consequently, authorities still perceive Christianity as a foreign influence and Christians as Western agents. The regime is based on Marxist-Leninist doctrine and Ho Chi Minh's thoughts. The publication and distribution of Christian materials is difficult and highly restricted. Work among children and youth is not officially restricted, but monitored and youth camps and trainings can be disturbed. The level of violence increased in 2014. Several church buildings as well as houses of Christians were destroyed and more than 10 Christians were sentenced to jail.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For Christian leaders and pastors in the north and central highlands; authorities keep a close watch on their activities
  • Praise the Lord for the 584 young people who drew deeper in the Lord through five Open Doors-sponsored youth camps across the country in 2014
  • That the Christians who were imprisoned might keep the faith and that their families and fellow believers will encourage them

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