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Vietnam: Kids Meet Courage Face to Face

Vietnam

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“Today has been the most emotional day yet!” said Bethany, an American teen on a 10-day trip to Southeast Asia. She and seven other teens were part of a Christian reality show called Underground Reality: Vietnam™. The show’s crew was filming ordinary kids and their encounters with secret Christians in communist Vietnam.

The kids visited with underground (secret) Christians at a Bible school, at a hidden youth camp, and at underground church services. On Bethany’s “most emotional day,” they met a Vietnamese girl whose father was in prison.

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Vietnam: Kids of Courage Go Underground

Vietnam

Note: Some of the quotes in this story are edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.

Getting Ready
“I’m afraid of getting kidnapped,” said Shannon, a high school basketball player. Shannon and seven other youth—an Oklahoma “cowboy,” two Australians, a future movie director from Florida, a chocolate-loving cross country runner, a football player, and a Maine college student—were chosen to participate in a Christian reality video to be filmed in Vietnam.

The youth were talking about their concerns while packing and preparing to leave the country. They were very excited about the trip and eager to get started. But none of them had been told details about what to expect in communist Vietnam, a country not known for friendliness toward outsiders who come to share the gospel.

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