1. The Street Vendor

    The Street Vendor

    Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    On a typical work day for Sai,* she could walk miles of city blocks with her shop on her shoulders. Her hopes of a meal for the day depend on emptying the two baskets dangling from a bamboo pole. Like many in large cities, Sai operates a portable store, selling anything from drinks and cigarettes to fresh fruit and spring rolls. Like Sai, many Vietnamese people are street vendors, making a living selling whatever they can. They carry heavy loads on foot, by motorbike, on sidecars, or on bicycles. Many street vendors live hand-to-mouth lifestyles, (Continue reading…)

  2. Faithfulness in Egypt

    Posted on February 26th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Adversity is nothing new to Ramez Atallah, president of the Egyptian Bible Society.  We wrote about him  almost a year and a half ago when, amid the confusing government transition in Egypt, the society’s  bookshops were burnt to the ground  by Muslim fundamentalists. This blow did not dissuade him from the work before him, however. He resolved to rebuild the bookshops and replenish their resources so that the Word of God could continue to spread throughout Egypt. Then, the events last week in Libya. ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians. Devastating news, particularly for Egyptian Christians like Ramez Atallah. But, in the words of  this encouraging CT article , Atallah (Continue reading…)

  3. Motorbike Way of Life

    Motorbike Way of Life

    Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Riding a motorbike is a normal part of life in Vietnam. While many Vietnamese have cars or other four-wheeled vehicles, the overwhelming majority of people ride around Vietnam on motorbikes of all shapes, sizes and colors. Every single day, an estimated 10 million motorbikes travel the streets of Vietnam. Since it is such a big part of Vietnamese life, we wanted to share a few pictures that illustrate the usefulness and versatility of the motorbike and the resourcefulness of its drivers. Skilled Parking This is a view of the parking area in front of a (Continue reading…)

  4. Vietnam's Invisible Children

    Vietnam’s Invisible Children

    Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Cassity H.

    All over Vietnam’s major cities, people often overlook the thousands of children who live and work on the busy, urban streets. Some children live on the streets with their parents. Some leave their families in rural areas to come to the city and make extra money. Others are orphans, often finding family through gangs and other orphaned street children. Children on Vietnam’s streets face many dangers—sexual exploitation, prostitution, drug addictions, abductions, and starvation, to name a few. These threats among many others are ever on the minds of the children that roam the streets of (Continue reading…)

  5. Living With Communism

    Living With Communism

    Posted on February 20th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    This year during Secret Church, we are highlighting the Peoples of Vietnam . As we talk about Vietnam being a communist nation, many of us need a little background for what this means. Here is a brief overview for you: What is communism?  Communism is a political theory that calls for communal ownership of all property and a classless social structure. Some variations of communism state that a true communist society can exist only after the complete overthrow of capitalism. In many countries where communists have won power and still maintain it today, the governments often hold authoritarian control over (Continue reading…)

  6. An Encouraging Secret Church Story

    An Encouraging Secret Church Story

    Posted on February 19th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    It’s always encouraging to hear about what the Lord does through Secret Church. So we thought we’d share one story we received about how God used Secret Church to turn one couple upside down for his kingdom . . . As if there was ever any doubt about God working through your ministry…I wanted to share a short story.Two years ago, I knew Christ but I didn’t know Secret Church. A couple from our church invited my wife and I to their house gathering for Secret Church 13 and we were blown away. A year later, (Continue reading…)

  7. Happy Lunar New Year!

    Happy Lunar New Year!

    Posted on February 18th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Vietnamese people will ring in their lunar new year on February 19th with family gatherings and lots of food. The new year celebration is called Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet, for short and is celebrated at a different time each year based on the lunar calendar. To help you get to know this important part of Vietnamese culture, here’s a list of 12 interesting facts: 1. All about family Vietnamese celebrate Tet to welcome the new year with their family and to commemorate and honor their ancestors. 2. Much preparation needed Tet is very important (Continue reading…)

  8. A Prayer for Gospel Advance Among the Peoples of Vietnam

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    A Prayer for Gospel Advance Among the Peoples of Vietnam

    Posted on February 17th, 2015 by David B.

    Our Father in heaven, We confess that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation, to the Jew, to the Greek, and to the peoples of Vietnam. We ask that you might open the hearts of many Vietnamese who have never heard of Jesus so that they might repent and believe.  Have mercy on the peoples of Vietnam, and turn rebels into servants of the Most High God. May these precious people look in faith to the Lord Jesus and receive the free gift of eternal life. How we long to (Continue reading…)

  9. The Viet-Kinh People of Vietnam

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    The Viet-Kinh People of Vietnam

    Posted on February 16th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Vietnam has 74 unique people groups with their own languages and cultures. Of these 74, only 3 are considered to be reached with the gospel, and 23 of them are still unengaged, unreached people groups. This post highlights the majority people, the Viet-Kinh. Read about the Viet-Kinh and take time to pray for this people group to turn to Jesus Christ. The Viet-Kinh people group is the largest group in Vietnam, making up 86 percent of the population. Though they have many Christian resources in the Vietnamese language, they are still considered to be unreached (Continue reading…)

  10. A Good Bowl of Pho

    A Good Bowl of Pho

    Posted on February 13th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    With a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and spices accompanying expertly cooked noodles or rice, Vietnamese cuisine is some of the best in the world. One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes is pho (pronounced “fuh”), a traditional noodle soup that can be served with beef, chicken, fish, meatballs, veggies, and many other ways. Pho restaurants can be found all around cities, their customers dining on small plastic tables and chairs. Pho is a favorite for both Vietnamese and tourists alike. We’ve searched around for an authentic pho recipe for you to try. One thing we learned—Pho (Continue reading…)