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Vietnam: Rachen Learns to Trust God

Vietnam
Rachen

Rachen Attacks a Policeman
Rachen is the daughter of a pastor in Vietnam. Her father has lost count of the times the police have come to question him. He preaches the gospel at every opportunity. Government officials wish he would keep his faith to himself.

The police have arrested Rachen’s father and put him in several different prisons. One day when the police came, they gathered all the church’s hymn books to take away. Then they arrested Rachen’s father.

Rachen was upset. As they were taking her father away, she bit one of the policemen! “I was about 8 years old,” she said. “I bit him very hard on the back of the leg.”

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Henan: Brave Daughter of a Courageous Christian

Vietnam

Henan was a 15-year-old Christian girl from the Rade tribe in Vietnam. Her father was a church leader.

Christianity is growing among many of Vietnam’s tribal people, and Vietnamese officials often target tribal Christians for persecution. To humiliate Henan’s father in front of the villagers, the authorities set his beard on fire. Then they put chains on him and dragged him away.

No one knew where they took him. Henan stopped going to school while she searched for him. After eight months, she found him with 68 other Christians in a prison three day’s journey away from her village.

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Vietnam: The Wind and the Hat

Vietnam

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).

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Big Faith and a Brave Heart

Vietnam

(The following true testimony tells the story of Trinh, a young Vietnamese woman now living in the U.S. Trinh tells what her life was like as a young Christian in Vietnam when she was about the age of the Vietnamese girl in the photo. The testimony is adapted and paraphrased from interviews with Trinh and her mother. Her name and some identifying details have been changed to protect her identity.)

Growing Up In Vietnam
At school in Vietnam, kids questioned me about my faith. There were Buddhists, Hindus, and others. They would say, “There is no difference between Buddhism and Christianity.” I would say, “Yes, there is a difference.” I am still praying for them and believe one day they will be Christians.

I began driving a motorbike at age 13, without a license. It’s not necessary to have a license in Vietnam. It’s different in America. People drive cars and there are rules and regulations. There are no rules in Vietnam. On the motorbike, I helped my pastor and his wife in their ministry.

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam

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Capital
Hanoi

Size
In area, Vietnam is slightly larger than the U.S. state of New Mexico.

Main Languages
Vietnamese

Time
At 6 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 7 p.m. in Vietnam.

 

Interesting Fact
Children in Vietnam go to school six days a week.

History
The Vietnamese people have a long history of struggle. Many times they have fought for independence from others who wanted to rule them. In 1945, North Vietnam was declared a communist country. There were wars in the region from 1941 to 1985. Soldiers from the United States were part of the fighting during the Vietnam War in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Communist North Vietnam took over South Vietnam in 1975. Many Christians fled because they knew that belief in God is forbidden or discouraged under communist governments.

 

Religion
Many people in Vietnam are Buddhists, many are spirit worshipers, some follow a Vietnamese religion called Cao Dai, and some follow no religion at all. Read the chart Comparing Vietnam’s Cao Dai Religion and Christianity to learn more about Cao Dai.

Persecution
The Communist Party still controls the government. Vietnam’s constitution promises freedom of religion, but the government still controls religious activities. Tribal Christians and Christians who belong to churches that do not register with the government face the worst persecution. Arrests and fines for these Christians are common. Sometimes Christians hide their Bibles and read them in secret. At times they hold secret worship services and baptisms.