A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs recently traveled to Vietnam to encourage Christians there. Christians in tribal areas of Vietnam are often persecuted for following Jesus. The worker sent the following message to VOM from Vietnam.
“Yesterday we met with a man and his wife who just came to Christ 30 days ago. They have three sons, ages 10, 12, and 14. The officials told them to quit being Christians or they would lose their land and home. They are farmers.
“The next week is very important. If they can somehow stay in their home, they will start a church. As others come to Christ, the officials will have to let them stay. If they are forced to leave, they have nowhere to go. Pray that God will protect them and that they can stay.
“It would be very difficult to go through something like this is you had only been a Christian for four weeks. The pastor who led them to the Lord is standing by them, but he lives 15 miles away in another village. There are no roads, only paths through the jungle. There are very few ways to communicate with people in other places.
“The least we can do is what they need the most right now. Please pray that God will make a way, and that their faith will grow, and they will become strong Christians in the area.”
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VOM workers often meet people whose greatest need is prayer. Because of difficulties in traveling and communicating, VOM may not learn about what happened in a situation for many months.
Pray that someone who need God’s help today will feel his presence and be strong in their faith.
VOM has learned that the family has moved to another village, with the help of Christians in their area. A Christian in Vietnam sent the following message.
“Here is a couple that continues to serve Jesus even though they have lost everything. They lost their house, their land, with no way to grow food and feed their family and no hope of getting more land. They lost their animals, all of their friends, and family have shunned them. All they have left is the few things they could pack in a suitcase.
“I am very proud of the church in the new area for helping, even though the people are very poor, have no money, and only have what they grow for food. They are helping this new family that they do not even know.”