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  1. Parenting by Superstition

    Parenting by Superstition

    Posted on May 28th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Superstitious beliefs and practices are common among many people who practice some form of animism. As many of the peoples of Vietnam practice ancestor worship and pay homage to spirits of all kinds, they perform superstitious rituals that have been passed down through generations. Common superstitions among Vietnamese people concern babies and young children. One such superstition causes people to place silver bracelets or anklets on their babies from the time of birth in order to protect the child from wind and sun. Some Vietnamese people might also say that the silver protects children from (Continue reading…)

  2. The Revered Leader

    The Revered Leader

    Posted on May 26th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Vietnam’s most honored leader is by far Ho Chi Minh who is responsible for leading Vietnam in fighting the Japanese during WWII, defeating French colonialists, and reunifying the country after the Vietnam War. After traveling abroad in France and the Soviet Union, Ho Chi Minh brought communist ideology back to Vietnam and began the communist party that endures today. Though he died in 1969 before the Vietnam War ended, his leadership during the war was a strong factor in victory for the north. Ho Chi Minh is revered by many Vietnamese people throughout the country. (Continue reading…)

  3. World Leader in Abortion

    World Leader in Abortion

    Posted on May 21st, 2015 by Cassity H.

    To many young Vietnamese people today, abortion is just another means of contraception. About 40 percent of pregnancies in Vietnam end in abortion according to a report by a team of medical doctors in Hanoi. The concept of the sanctity of life is not widely taught, and overall, abortion is not taboo in Vietnamese society. Though the government’s two-child policy has been lifted, the effects of such ideals still influence families to have selective gender abortions. These are sad reminders that Vietnam has one of the highest rates of abortion in the world. For more (Continue reading…)

  4. Thank You for Praying: Another Report from Vietnam

    Thank You for Praying: Another Report from Vietnam

    Posted on May 19th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    On the evening of April 24, thousands of people gathered to participate in the Secret Church simulcast. Part of our time together that Friday night included praying for Vietnam, both persecuted believers and unreached people groups. As we prayed though, it wasn’t Friday night in Vietnam. It was Saturday morning – 12 hours ahead of Secret Church. Here is an awesome story from that Saturday morning in Vietnam. Thank you for praying. While thousands of people were praying for Vietnam during Secret Church, Beth*, a Vietnamese believer, went to deliver a business order at the home of (Continue reading…)

  5. Unreached: The Lati of Vietnam

    Unreached: The Lati of Vietnam

    Posted on May 18th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    There is no known Christian among the 13,000 Lati people living in northern Vietnam. The Lati (also known as Lachi) are animists, worshipping a myriad of spirits and gods. A communal house sits in the midst of every Lati village full of skulls of buffalo and oxen from previous sacrifices. The Lati seek blessings from the spirits for each harvest, holding annual rituals and praying for the seeds before they plant. Currently the Lati are without Scripture or any Christian resources in their own language. While efforts are ongoing to reach the Lati with the (Continue reading…)

  6. Thank You for Praying: A Report from Vietnam

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    Thank You for Praying: A Report from Vietnam

    Posted on May 15th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    On the evening of April 24, thousands of people gathered to participate in the Secret Church simulcast. Part of our time together that Friday night included praying for Vietnam, both persecuted believers and unreached people groups. As we prayed though, it wasn’t Friday night in Vietnam. It was Saturday morning – 12 hours ahead of Secret Church. Here is an awesome story from that Saturday morning in Vietnam. Thank you for praying. One Vietnamese believer, Kevin*, was very concerned about his cousin who was in the hospital. She did not know Christ as her Savior, and Kevin (Continue reading…)

  7. Laying Loved Ones to Rest

    Laying Loved Ones to Rest

    Posted on May 14th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    For many Vietnamese people, the place of burial and position of the deceased’s body is of utmost importance. While many loved ones are laid to rest in cemeteries these days, single graves on mountainsides, in rice paddies, or even next to houses are prominent in rural areas. This is because many families consult a special type of fortune teller called a geomancer to determine where and how they should bury their loved ones. The geomancer gives the family the proper location for the burial, which could be in their own village or several miles away. (Continue reading…)

  8. Overseas Vietnamese

    Overseas Vietnamese

    Posted on May 12th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Did you know that over 3 million Vietnamese people currently live outside Vietnam? There are over 1.7 million in the United States alone. Many leave their remote villages to find work in factories in nearby countries. Others travel farther for school or work. Moving from the familiar into an unknown country can be daunting, yet for some it is a necessity. Moving to a different country can sometimes provide Vietnamese people with access to the gospel that they have never had before. A great number of Vietnamese people living overseas have heard the gospel and (Continue reading…)

  9. Unreached: The Pa Hng of Vietnam

    Unreached: The Pa Hng of Vietnam

    Posted on May 8th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    A typical Pa Hng home is only complete with an ancestor altar. The Pa Hng (also called Pa Then) are avid ancestor worshippers, often calling on the spirits of the dead to share in feasts and protect the family from injury and sickness. Pa Hng people feed their ancestors by placing rice and meat on the table for them each meal. Of the 7,200 Pa Hng people living in northern Vietnam, about 100 are followers of Christ. They currently have no Christian resources available in their own language, not even a copy of God’s word. (Continue reading…)

  10. Was Secret Church Too Much Too Fast?

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    Was Secret Church Too Much Too Fast?

    Posted on May 6th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    “There was too much covered at Secret Church, and it came faster than I could keep up with in the study guide, much less process it all.” If this sentiment describes your feelings about the Secret Church simulcast, then you’re feeling exactly how you’re supposed to. Secret Church was designed to be an information dump, so to speak. In understanding why, it may help to have a good picture of how Secret Church began. Here’s how David Platt describes its inception: Secret Church began at The Church at Brook Hills based on time I had spent with our brothers and sisters in (Continue reading…)