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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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Project: Vietnam – A House for Tran

Project: Vietnam – A House for Tran

Tran found Christ when his daughter was miraculously healed. After his conversion, he immediately began serving the Lord wholeheartedly, assisting with church planting, sharing the Gospel and baptising people.

When his parents discovered he was a Christian, they kicked him and his family out of their home, threatening and cursing them. The family were left homeless for two years before moving into a very small home with Tran’s parents-in-law.

This year, the local church community rallied to build Tran and his family their own home on a small patch of land. The project was funded by Voice of the Martyrs Australia.

Tran and his family were overjoyed.

“I’m deeply thankful to the Lord for His love, mercy and kindness in our lives. We can’t believe that we have a house now to live. God is so good to us. He took care of us when we were homeless for years. The new house is a testimony of God’s goodness to us, to our church and to those who are suffering from persecution.”

*names have been changed

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.

Project: Vietnam Motorcycles for Pastors

Project: Vietnam Motorcycles for Pastors

Pastoring or church planting in restricted nations often means overseeing many house churches. Small congregations can be spread out across different regions and can total hundreds of people.

This is the case in Vietnam and pastors will often travel hours to visit house churches to encourage, train and disciple them. It can mean treacherous journeys on dirt tracks or through mountainous areas. They also often face the threat of persecution, being stopped or raided, especially if they break down.

Voice of the Martyrs Australia, with the help of our supporters, has recently provided ten pastors in Vietnam with a motorbike each. The motorbikes make travel more efficient, much easier, and are more cost-efficient than other forms of transport.

Recipient Testimony – Le
Le is a lead pastor who currently takes care of 23 churches. He is involved in missions, church planting and visiting persecuted believers. Just this year, his ministry has seen 117 new converts and has planted two new churches. He also trains other leaders and helps those in need.

Le was thrilled to receive a motorbike.

“This new motorbike will help me serve God. Praise the Lord for He is the provider.”

Recipient Testimony – Vu
Vu felt blessed receiving a motorbike.

Vu is a leader in charge of a province in the north of the country. This year Vu has seen 21 households come to Christ. They are facing persecution from the government and need encouragement and discipleship.

A return trip to visit these families, before Vu received a motorbike, would take him four days.

“It took me two days to visit persecuted believers and a new motorbike makes it safer and faster for me to travel to visit them.”

Vu is also training 10 new leaders in discipleship and needs to visit them often

*names have been changed

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.