Vang Mo* surrendered his life to Jesus in April and became a member of a church near his home in northwest Vietnam. He changed his ways, stopped drinking excessively and became a more loving father and husband.
And then on June 16, the chairman of Vang Mo’s town and the chief of police took 20 people to his house and expelled him and his family from the village because they believed in God. They traveled far from the village, putting up a tent by the roadside. They are in a very vulnerable position now.
Vietnam is #17 on the Worldwatch List of countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. Christians in Vietnam are being subjected to increased persecution. Converts to Christianity from Buddhist or ethnic-animist backgrounds face the strongest persecution. On November 18, 2016, the communist government adopted a new law on Belief and Religion, which limits freedom of religion considerably.
Please pray that God would be their refuge, and that He would provide them shelter and protection.
*Name changed for security.
Thank You, Father, for the new faith of Vang Mo, faith that has given him the strength to live a godly life as husband and father. We pray for him and his family now, without home and community because of their faith in Christ. They are like a tender shoot being scorched by the sun and blown by the wind. Protect their tender faith, Lord. Bring to mind Scripture to teach them to know You deeply. Holy Spirit, we call on You to strengthen them with a peace and confidence that can only come from You. Use these difficult circumstances to grow their faith. Provide them with food and shelter and safety. Guide them to a community of believers to disciple and encourage them. We pray for Your church in Vietnam, that she might grow strong in the midst of trials and sing Your praises. In the name of Jesus, in whom we abide, the vine that nourishes and strengthens our faith. Amen.