Amidst terraced rice paddies, tea plantations, and blooming hyacinth gardens, the truth of Christ had begun to take root in the hearts of the tribal people in the mountainous Northwest Province of Vietnam. First, a 74 year old Hmong woman had accepted Christ, soon others followed, including Lao Lia Po’s mother. The local authorities had begun to worry and had pressured many to recant the Christian faith and to re-establish ancestral altars. Rather than follow his mother in faith, Lao Lia Po became angry that his mother had accepted Christ as her savior, so angry in fact that on February 3rd, 2009, he took his own mother’s earthly life. This week Open Doors and our brothers and sisters in all countries remember the mother of Lao Lia Po, in whose life the love for Jesus had begun to bloom.
The church in Vietnam has grown steadily despite the persecution that persists. This year marks the centennial year for the Evangelical church in Vietnam which began in 2001; pending approval by the government a number of celebrations are planned across the country.
Father today we pray for Lao Lia Po, specifically that he comes to know the eternal truth and saving grace of Your son Jesus Christ. We also pray that his family has the courage to reach out to him in love and through Your strength transfer their grief into the powerful witness of forgiveness. Praying as in Hebrews 10:17, “…Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” Father, may the life of Lao Li Po’s mother be remembered and honored in her community as a life well lived serving You. We pray that all Vietnamese Christians are able to stand strong against the thorns of persecution and that the centennial celebrations planned for this year will go unhindered. Amen
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