A worker from The Voice of the Martyrs recently visited courageous Christians in the communist country of Vietnam. The Christians told the visitor two stories of God’s protection over them. Read the stories below.
After a hard day’s work in the fields, several Christian men from Vietnam’s Jorai tribe stopped to take a bath in a creek. They left their clothes on the creek bank.
While they were in the water, they saw the village Chief of Police climbing down the bank. He decided to cool off with them.
The chief knew many of the Christians, though he was not a Christian himself. As the villagers talked, a Jorai pastor passed them on a nearby dirt path. The pastor was on his way to a small pool downstream to baptize some new Christians.
The baptisms were illegal. (See the photo above of a baptism in Vietnam.) Vietnam’s leaders try to control all religious groups and activities by requiring them to register with the government. Many Christians do not register because they do not want their church activities restricted and controlled by the government. The government tries to restrict when and where they can tell others about Jesus. Like Peter and the other apostles, many Vietnamese Christians want to “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).
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