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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.

VIETNAM: New Believer Tortured for Faith

VIETNAM: New Believer Tortured for Faith

Village leaders tortured a Hmong Christian recently in an attempt to force him and his wife to renounce their new Christian faith.

After the couple refused to abandon their faith in Christ, the villagers hung the man upside down over a fire of spicy chillies. The acrid smoke burned his skin, throat and eyes, until he eventually agreed to renounce his faith.

The couple has since fled to another village where they are able to openly follow Christ.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray the Lord may help this couple overcome the trial they have suffered. May they experience great love and support from their Christian family.
  • Thank the Lord the couple now have an opportunity to openly live out their faith. Pray He will use them as a strong witness for the Gospel.
  • Ask God to continue overseeing the growth of His church in Vietnam, calling even those who oppose the Gospel.

Post your prayer in the comments below.

Project: Support for School Children in Vietnam

Project: Support for School Children in Vietnam

Pastors and preachers in restricted nations often struggle financially to support their families while they are ministering.

Many of them travel frequently to visit congregations, preach and train pastors, and sustaining an income can be difficult.

Voice of the Martyrs Australia provides support in many ways and for pastors in Vietnam, that meant being able to send their children to school without the financial burden.

Last year, VOM, with the help of our supporters, funded a project which sent 30 children of pastors and ministers in the Lam Dong province in Vietnam to school. The funding covered fees, school supplies and uniforms for students ranging from 1st grade to 12th grade.

This has lessened the financial pressure they have faced and given them more time to minister. The pastors and their children are incredibly thankful for this provision and see it as a great blessing.

Ministry partners have already recognised around 100 more children in the region who need support for schooling and hope to reach more of them in future.

If you would like to financially support our Front Line Ministry fund please go to vom.com.au/donate.

 

Vietnam: Prayer Request

Vietnam: Prayer Request

UPDATE 22 March 2019: Thank you for your prayers, our brother has now had surgery. Please pray for his recovery and his safety.

Our persecuted brother in Vietnam is in need of our prayers for healing. Brother Y was recently released from prison after serving several years. While he was there, he developed a large tumour above his eye which was left untreated.

He was not permitted to receive any treatment for the tumour in prison and once released, a local doctor refused to touch it. The doctor said he needed to go straight to hospital so despite being on parole, which included restricted movement, he was forced to travel to a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for testing and treatment.

The hospital undertook some tests and asked him to return to the city for surgery. Unfortunately local authorities discovered he had left home without permission and brought him in for questioning. His explanations to officers about his medical emergency didn’t work and they forbade him from leaving the area and took away his medical record book so he is now unable to undergo surgery or return to hospital.

Please pray for his healing and safety.

Post your prayer in the comments below.