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May: Daughter of a Prisoner

Vietnamese child's drawing of her father in prison
Vietnamese child’s drawing of her father in prison

May lives in Vietnam, and she is angry with government officials in her country. One day when she was 5 years old, her father was called to a local government office to answer some questions. He didn’t think the situation was serious, so he brought his little son on his motorbike.

Three police cars stopped them, and the police officers took them off the motorbike. They put May’s father in prison.

Family Troubles
Many years ago, May’s grandfather fought on the side of the United States during the Vietnam War. The Vietnamese government sent him to prison after the war was over.

Now her father is in prison because of his Christian activities. The Vietnamese government tries to limit the spread of Christianity among Vietnamese tribal groups, and May and her family are part of one of the groups.

The men in the prison must work in rice fields, grow vegetables, and weave baskets. While May’s father is in prison, her mother takes care of the family’s farm. May works around the house.

May doesn’t have much contact with her father. The prison guards have a phone, and the prisoners can call their families. But the prisoners have to pay the guards 50 cents a minute to talk, which is more money than most prisoners can afford.

May also does not receive any letters from her father. The village officials will not allow May’s family to receive letters from him, because May’s family is Christian.

For all these reasons, May is angry with the government. She would like to get closer to God. She asks that Christians remember her and her family and pray for them.


One Response to May: Daughter of a Prisoner

  1. Please have your mom visit this website May. It’s, if she can one day get Internet access. I pray that God’s favor will surround your family as a shield. I pray that your father will come home and I believe you will receive your miracle.


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