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Vietnam: The Wind and the Hat

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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.

Protected Baptism
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).

The Chief of Police had heard about the pastor. He figured out that the pastor was going to an illegal gathering. The chief told one of the Christians, “After my bath is finished, I will go down the hill to the pool and arrest all of them.”

A few minutes after he made his threat, a wind came along and blew his clothes somewhere into the bushes or downstream. The clothes of the other men did not move.

Soon the other men got out of the water and went home. The police chief stayed in the water because he was embarrassed to have no clothes. Finally, when it got dark, he climbed out and went home. The baptism service went on with no interruptions.

Protected Bibles
One day, a Jorai Christian was taking a box of Bibles on a long bus ride. He was very courageous to take so many Bibles. Officials in Vietnam are often particularly harsh with tribal Christians. The box of Bibles could alert the police to the fact the Jorai man was a Christian.

The Christian put the box of Bibles beside his feet on the bus. Then a policeman came and sat down beside him!

The policeman did not want to get his nice green policeman’s hat dirty, so he set it on top of the box at his feet. Then he settled back for a nap.

The bus passed several check points where police entered the bus to ask questions. They never asked about the box of Bibles. They thought it belonged to their fellow policeman because his hat was on it. The box of Bibles arrived safely with the Christian.

Stepping Out in Faith
The Christians in the stories above did not know God would protect their baptism service and Bibles. They stepped out in faith, and God took care of them. Other Vietnamese Christians are arrested while serving God. They continue to trust Him and lead people to Christ in their prisons. Praise God for their courage and willingness to risk all for their Savior.


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