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Vietnam: Anh-Tu’s Courage

Vietnamese girl

“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

Anh-Tu was a student at a public school in Vietnam. There were 5,000 students at her school. Most of them were Buddhist. Buddhists do not believe that Jesus is the way to salvation and eternal life.

“At school, if you talked about Jesus, you wouldn’t get any friends,” Anh-Tu said. “Teachers and students said bad things about Christianity in front of me. The teachers taught that there is no God. They said the Bible is a novel.” (A novel is a book that tells a story that did not really happen.)

One day, Anh-Tu had to give a speech at an assembly in front of the whole school. She decided to talk about Jesus in her speech. She did not know what might happen to her if she talked about her faith in front of so many people who did not know Jesus.

“After the speech, God had changed my teacher,” said Anh-Ju. “She told me she wanted to find out more about Christianity. She was still never friendly to me. But she quit saying bad things about Christianity.

“Everything is a choice,” said Anh-Tu. She chose Jesus over school friends, friendly teachers, and freedom from persecution.

To Think About: If you were Anh-Tu, what would you have chosen? Would you have told people at your school about your faith? Or would you have kept it to yourself?

(Source: Kids of Courage archives)


Recipes from Vietnam

Rice and banana pudding

Eggs and Onions
Fry one chopped onion in 1 tbsp. oil. Separately, mix 3 eggs, 1 chopped green onion, and 2 tsp. fish sauce. Add the mixture to the pan with the fried onion and scramble. Serve hot with rice.

Rice and Banana Pudding
Combine and bring to a boil 2 sliced bananas, ½ cup water, 3 tbsp. honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and ½ tsp. cinnamon. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1½ cups of cooked brown rice, 1 15-to 20-ounce can of pineapple tidbits (drained), and 1 cup of coconut milk (or plain milk). Return to a boil, then simmer 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Learn more about life in Vietnam and bold Vietnamese believers from these resources:
Bold Believers in Vietnam, available in the free Downloads section.
Restricted Nations: Vietnam available at VOMBooks.com


Persevering Christians

Do you know what a backhoe is? (See the photo above.)

Backhoes can:
*Dig a trench
*Plow snow
*Remove brush and trash

Can you think of any other jobs a backhoe can do?

Non-Christian officials in a village in Vietnam had another idea. They used a backhoe to push village Christians’ houses into a river. The Christians became homeless. They moved to another area and set up tents to live in.

The Christians were farmers, but the land where they moved was not suitable for farming. But with hard work and God’s help, the Christians were able to grow crops on the land.

Even though they are in difficult circumstances and must work hard to take care of their families, the Christians still take time to talk to people in the area and tell them about Jesus! A VOM worker said, “Thank God for their perseverance, and pray that He will continue to meet their needs.”

To Talk About
*What is perseverance? How did the Christians in Vietnam show perseverance?
*Have you ever thanked God for the good example provided by faithful persecuted Christians?


Vietnam: Woman Fights Police for her Bible

In the previous post, Bible smuggler Patrick Klein shared about how God leads him when he is taking Bibles into countries where they may not be welcome. In the interview below, Patrick tells VOMRadio’s Todd Nettleton a true story that illustrates how precious the word of God is to people in the countries where he delivers Bibles.

Todd’s introduction: How precious is your Bible to you? A woman in Vietnam was willing to risk her life to own a Bible. Patrick Klein tells the story about an illegal church meeting in Vietnam. The communist authorities raided the meeting and began to confiscate all the Bibles.

Patrick: They came to the pastor’s wife and they tried to take her Bible out of her hand. She loved the Word of God and she was not giving it up. They were trying to pull it out of her hands. Here was this little tribal woman fighting with the police. Now in a communist country you don’t fight with the police.

Todd: That’s a straight way to jail.

Patrick: Or worse. But she treasured the Word of God and she was not going to give it up. So she kept fighting with them over it. She said her arms were sore for a few days after that, but it is just amazing she was fighting for the Word of God. I thought, “What would we do in America if we were told to turn in our Bibles?”

Todd: So what happened? I can picture in my mind her playing tug of war with the Bible with the policeman. What is the end of the story?

Patrick: She kept fighting with them and eventually they let her keep her Bible.

Todd: Wow!

Patrick: You know, even the men who were there said, “She is a hero of the faith.” Her own personal safety, her freedom, could have been lost, and yet she loved the Word of God that much. I thought, “Lord that challenges me.”

(Source: VOMRadio.net. Edited for length and clarity.)


Working in Vietnam

Children at a VBS in Vietnam

Are you too young to be a mission worker in another country? Maybe not! Read the quote below from a VOM worker.

“You can be an international missions worker without ever leaving your knees. I remember speaking with a strong leader from Vietnam. He said, “’When you pray in America, you are working in Vietnam.’”

Join missionaries and VOM workers in their work. Pray for persecuted Christians in other countries.