For many years, Christians living in the highlands of Vietnam have faced persecution and harassment from both government agents and fellow citizens.

In this communist country, where Christianity is considered a threat to the regime, Hmong Christians face frequent discrimination ─ to the point of imprisonment and torture.

In the village of Phá Lóm, a group of 33 Protestant believers have experienced ongoing harassment from authorities during recent months. According to their pastor, Hoang Van Pa, they have been told to renounce their faith or suffer the consequences. When the believers refused, the raids took place repeatedly. In addition, four of the believers were arrested and beaten.

In one instance, the Christians were brought to an open trial before others in the community. During the trial, a statue of Buddha was brought to them and they were ordered to bow down before it. At the trial, one of the authorities announced that since there was no Protestant religion in Vietnam, they must convert to Buddhism or be expelled from the country.

This is not a new threat. In 2018, more than 100 Hmong believers were expelled from their homeland and made their way to Thailand, where they have applied for refugee status.

Sources: International Christian Concern, The Christian Post

  • Pray these believers will find the grace and strength of God to stand firm.
  • For those facing expulsion; ask the Lord to divinely lead them to a new place where they can live, work and worship Him as part of a community of believers.
  • Pray for those currently opposed to the Gospel in these communities. May God’s Spirit also work in their lives so they too, will discover the love of Christ.

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