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Family Stands Firm

Family Stands Firm

Vietnam has a repressive communist government which actively persecutes Christians, and Deacon Davi and his wife Mai were recently targeted. Yet, despite severe persecution, they refused to renounce their faith.

While Christianity is legal in Vietnam, the government still sees it as a threat. Believers from minority tribal groups typically face the harshest forms of persecution. Most Vietnamese practise ancestor worship, which is often blended with Buddhism.

Recently, local authorities in a South Central Coast region of Vietnam ‘invited’ Deacon Davi and Mai to their office, in an attempt to force them to renounce their faith. The couple stood firm and eventually the authorities allowed Mai to return home to their two young children. Davi was detained with the justification that it would give him the opportunity to ‘rethink’. The authorities threatened Davi that if he didn’t renounce his faith within three days, he and his family would be banished from the village – their land and property would be confiscated.

While Davi was in prison, the authorities visited the family home. There, they insisted that Davi had signed a confession and renounced his faith. They demanded Mai do the same. Knowing the family struggled financially, they then proceeded to make promises to Mai as an incentive to comply. They assured her she would be provided with social assistance in addition to a monetary gift to start a business.

Mai did not believe Davi had succumbed to their demands and rejected their offer. The officers became angry. They searched the house before leaving, taking with them Davi’s Bible.

During his detention, Davi was beaten and continually threatened but he boldly stood firm, saying, “Before I became a Christian, no one visited my family when we were struggling. We also had to spend a lot of money for offerings to idols. Our fellow Christians love us; they visit us and pray for us. We no longer have the burden of giving money to idols. Whatever the cost, we will never renounce our faith.”

As the authorities had no legal reason to detain Davi further, he was released.

When Davi returned home, a VOM contact, along with other deacons from Davi’s church, visited the family and prayed with them. Davi and Mai were enormously encouraged. The VOM contact replaced the stolen Bible and supplied the family with provisions to help meet their needs.

The threats from the officers continue. Higher government authorities are putting pressure on local authorities to stop the spread of the Gospel at any cost.

Please pray for the family’s safety and for all believers in the area.

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VIETNAM: Woman Burned After Refusing to Abandon Christian Faith

VIETNAM: Woman Burned After Refusing to Abandon Christian Faith

A 49-year-old woman was assaulted by local authorities after she refused to give up her Christian faith.

On 5 May, authorities visited Dinh and told her they would help her during the coronavirus pandemic if she would sign a statement giving up her faith. When she refused to sign the document, an official grabbed a kettle of boiling water from her kitchen and poured it all over Dinh’s legs.

Dinh was taken to the hospital, but since her family is very poor, they could not pay for her treatment. She had not been issued health insurance because she is a Christian.

VOM provided help. “I am so happy and thankful to God for your heart of love,” Dinh wrote. “Please remember me in your prayers.”

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Thank the Lord for the example of Dinh, who boldly stood firm despite the threats and subsequent injury.
  • Thank the Lord for the help and treatment she has received and pray she will be fully restored to health.
  • Pray her strong witness may be used by the Lord to embolden the faith of others and soften the hearts of the local authorities.

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Vietnam: Bibles and Hymn Books

Vietnam: Bibles and Hymn Books

Last year over 700 Bibles and 2000 hymn books were printed and distributed across Vietnam with the support of Voice of the Martyrs Australia, as the government continues to persecute local believers.

The government’s techniques for controlling local Christians in Vietnam has changed over time. Though once common practice, imprisonment is now rarely used. Instead, the central government puts pressure on local authorities to use measures of control. Local police themselves or with the use of thugs, brutally attack Christians willing to share the Gospel ’illegally’, as well as those who refuse to renounce their Christian faith.

Another way they attempt to halt the expansion of Christianity is to restrict or limit the translation and printing of religious materials, including Bibles and hymn books, especially in tribal languages.

All the materials that were printed and distributed last year were in these tribal languages and are now reaching many in remote areas.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

Caring for Released Prisoners

Caring for Released Prisoners

Vietnam has a repressive communist government, which actively persecutes Christians. Minority tribal groups, such as the Hmong, typically face the most violent and severe forms of persecution.

In the recent past, the government has used imprisonment of believers as a way of oppressing the church. The most common reasons for imprisonment have included preaching the Gospel, gathering without permission, protesting against the government in response to confiscation of Christian-owned land and lack of freedom to worship. During the past two decades, hundreds of Christians have been arrested and sent to prison or labour camps for sentences ranging from four to seventeen years.

Life in a Vietnamese prison is exceedingly difficult, and prisoners are frequently beaten and tortured for their faith. There have been several reports of prisoners dying while in prison due to ill treatment. All prisoners tend to have chronic health problems due to poor living conditions, shortage of food and medicine, and a lack of clean water. The temperature inside the prison varies considerably throughout the year, sometimes to dangerous levels – prisoners often do not have sufficient clothing to keep warm in winter. Each day, they are required to work very hard and the given quotas are difficult to meet.

Released prisoners are usually in very poor health. The most common medical conditions include nerve and muscular damage, back problems, malnutrition, digestive disorders, hepatitis and heart problems. Medical treatment is essential to help ensure the released prisoner can return to a normal life, including the opportunity to provide for his family.

Our contacts in Vietnam have compiled an extensive report on the medical needs of recently released prisoners. We are currently in the process of arranging for each one to have a complete medical examination and appropriate treatment.

Sending Christians to jail because of their faith is currently not the primary method which the government uses to oppress Christians. It is now more common to try to persuade new believers to denounce their faith by threatening them with loss of employment, using hired criminals to attack them, confiscating their lands, destroying their houses or driving them from their villages.

Please pray for our contacts as they arrange medical care for released prisoners. Ask the Lord for His healing and pray for the released prisoners as they continue to recover and adjust to life outside of prison. Thank the Lord for the growing church in Vietnam and pray the Lord will strengthen those who are facing ongoing opposition.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

VIETNAM: Villagers Confiscate Christian Woman’s Land

VIETNAM: Villagers Confiscate Christian Woman’s Land

A Christian woman in the village of Dak Lak lost her home and land recently when villagers decided to expel her because of her Christian faith.

Chau, 60, lived on several acres of prime farming land that had been handed down to her by her grandparents. Before becoming a Christian, she was a heavy drinker and didn’t work, but after coming to know Christ she became a new person.

Earlier this year, Chau travelled to another village to stay a few weeks with her daughter, who was expecting a baby. While away, her neighbours sent word that she was not welcome back in the village because she was a Christian. When Chau tried to return home, the villagers stopped her and told her they were confiscating her land.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray for Chau, who is grieved over the loss of her land. Pray that the Lord’s guidance and provision will be upon her.
  • Praise God that Chau has become a new creation in Christ and that, in spite of what has occurred, she remains committed to Him.
  • Ask God to use Chau and her testimony as a bold witness to the people of her village.

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