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Persecution Watch: Praying for Believers in Vietnam

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6/3/2021 (Voice of the Persecuted) You are invited to join us on Thursday, June 3, in a prayer call for the persecuted church hosted by Persecution Watch. 

Vietnam: Population 98.3 million, Christians 8.9 million [9.1%]

Vietnam has a repressive Communist government that actively restricts Christians’ worship in many ways. While Christian worship is legal, the government views Christians and churches as a threat to their power and control.

Minority tribal groups, such as the Hmong, generally face the most violent and harsh forms of persecution, while Christians in urban centers experience pressure and harassment instead of violent opposition. Churches continue to grow as believers faithfully reach out despite these challenges.

New Christians in tribal areas are often evicted from their homes and villages by local authorities. Officially recognized churches are harassed by the government in various ways and are expected to report their activities and teachings to the government.

All churches face government opposition when they evangelize and attempt to conduct community events. Within rural and tribal areas, believers can often meet openly, but Christian converts are targeted for harsh persecution. Christians are denied social services, utilities and access to schools. It is legal to own a Bible, but distribution is difficult in rural areas.  

Most Vietnamese people practice a blend of ancestor worship and Buddhism. The government imposes some restrictions, while local authorities and community members violently persecute Christians in rural areas. Christian converts are persecuted by family members.

Prayer Points

Pray that the suspicion aimed towards Christians by national and local authorities will ease, and be replaced with an appreciation of their value to society.

Pray that the suspicion aimed towards Christians by national and local authorities will ease, and be replaced with an appreciation of their value to society.

Ask that believers under pressure to renounce their faith will have the strength to cling to Jesus; may this stance powerfully speak to their neighbors and communities.

Pray that young Christians will grow in their love of Jesus, their understanding of the gospel and appreciation for the Bible, giving them a foundation for life.

Pray for new Christians who have been rejected by their families or communities. Pray also that new believers will stand strong as they face family rejection, eviction and beatings.

Pray that believers living in cities, which offer more freedom, will care for Christians in rural areas.

Pray that pastors and church leaders will continue to receive training and material support.

Pray to the Lord that He touch the hearts and minds of government officials to approve church applications to be registered = approved

Pray for Christian workers as they take great risks to distribute Bibles and train and encourage believers.

Pray that there will be unity among the Christian churches and work together for the Gospel. Pray that the government will be unable to play one group against another.

Pray for believers who are imprisoned for their faith.

Pray for the less reached Muslims and Buddhist in the Mekong delta.

Pray for strong internet coverage and that there will great messages that  will encourage believers and draw in non-believers.

Pray that the Lord will continue to help the church to continue its speedy growth, particularly among the minority tribes like the Hmong.

Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses to the Lord:     

Leah Sharibu, prisoner of Boko Haram since 2018, pray for her release.

Alice Loksha Ngaddah, kidnapped February 2019. She is a mother of two, working as a nurse for UNICEF. Pray for her release.

Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.

Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped and is waiting for a visa to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.

For the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from Iran, and his family as their Persecution continues. Pastor Nadarkhani is serving the second year of his six-year sentence, recently reduced from ten years.

Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator

Prayer Conference Call Details

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

From any location on your phone

Time:

9:00 PM Eastern

8:00 PM Central

7:00 PM Mountain

6:00 PM Pacific

Call in number: 712 775-7035

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If you are experiencing any difficulties joining the call, please let us know.

What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.

The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.

With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.

On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.

Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.

Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.

If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!

NOTE: Persecution Watch has a new email address for the prayer team and those who would like to receive urgent prayer requests, weekly call prayer points and notification of special prayer events and special guest speakers.

Please fill out the form below to be included in our new distribution list to receive this important information. We are grateful for your prayers and to the Lord for guiding us as we continue the Persecution Watch prayer call mission.

Note to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) readers: The Persecution Watch prayer team is also the prayer team of Voice of the Persecuted. SIGN UP today.


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