1. Vietnam's Major Cities: Hanoi

    Vietnam’s Major Cities: Hanoi

    Posted on March 27th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Name: Hanoi Significance: Capital of Vietnam and second largest city Population: Approximately 6.5 million in metro area; 2.6 million in urban districts History: King Minh Mang created the province of Hanoi in 1831, which included the ancient citadel Thang Long. Hanoi became a French colonial city in 1888 after the Nguyen Dynasty was defeated. The city remained in French control until 1954 when President Ho Chi Minh and the communist forces defeated the French and established a new government. After the war between north and south ended in 1975, Hanoi officially became the capital of the (Continue reading…)

  2. David Platt Q&A Recap: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action

    David Platt Q&A Recap: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action

    Posted on March 26th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    In case you missed the live Secret Church Q&A with David Platt on Facebook earlier this week, we thought we’d paste some of the highlights below. He covered questions that dealt with this year’s SC topic: “Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action,” and there were many great questions that we could not fit into this brief post. However, you can read all of them HERE . As you begin thinking through some of the social issues facing us today, we hope you’ll consider registering for the April 24 simulcast , where David will be able to cover questions like these with a lot more depth and Scriptural context. In the (Continue reading…)

  3. Out to Sea

    Out to Sea

    Posted on March 25th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Fishing is an important part of Vietnam’s economy. With more than 2,000 miles of coastline, Vietnam has a thriving fishing industry that accounts for more than 10 percent of the GDP and attracts foreign investments. For people working in the fishing industry, most of their lives are spent on the seas. Their work day can begin as early as 4:00 a.m., and they often stay out to sea for weeks at a time. Average income for people in fishing can be anywhere from $10 to $40 a day depending on the weather and the season. (Continue reading…)

  4. Buddhism - The Short Version

    Buddhism – The Short Version

    Posted on March 24th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Since Buddhism is prominent in Vietnam – our Secret Church 15 area highlight – we thought it would be helpful to give an overview of the religion. What is Buddhism? Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as answering who, what, when, where, why, and how. Buddhism might be easier to define if it weren’t for its many varying sects. In fact, it’s been said of Buddhism that, like Hinduism, it has developed into more of a family of religions than a single, central one. It is often mixed, matched, and meshed with other beliefs, making it hard to pin (Continue reading…)

  5. Unreached - The Thai of Vietnam

    Unreached – The Thai of Vietnam

    Posted on March 23rd, 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, 48 are unreached, and 23 are still unengaged, unreached. This post highlights an unreached people group, the Thai people of Vietnam. Read about the Thai and take time to pray for this people group to turn to Jesus Christ. The Thai people of northern Vietnam worship a myriad of things including their ancestors, the heavens, and the earth. Mainly farmers, each year the Thai perform rituals and pray for good (Continue reading…)

  6. Suicide in the Countryside

    Suicide in the Countryside

    Posted on March 20th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Lien quietly rolls up the mat she slept on and steps over her husband and children who are still sleeping. It’s 4:30 am, and like every day, Lien must prepare a meal before she goes to the fields for work at 5:30. She wonders if her husband even remembers stumbling up the stairs last night as she soothed her frightened children to get them to sleep. When she arrives in the field, a few other women are huddled together whispering and shaking their heads. As she draws near to the hushed voices she hears what (Continue reading…)

  7. Vietnam Runs on Coffee

    Vietnam Runs on Coffee

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Coffee is a favorite among Vietnamese people. Coffee shops come in various sizes from the Vietnamese equivalent of Starbucks to the coffee vendor on the street with plastic stools. Many countries around the world enjoy Vietnamese coffee. Today Vietnam is the world’s second largest exporter, and the coffee industry employs over 2 million people. Traditional Vietnamese coffee is a unique way to enjoy your daily pick-me-up. Called “Ca phe sua da,” a typical glass of regular Vietnamese coffee contains dark roast coffee (like French roast) and sweetened condensed milk. For all the coffee lovers out (Continue reading…)

  8. A Prayer for the Hurting of Vietnam

    A Prayer for the Hurting of Vietnam

    Posted on March 19th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Father in Heaven, We thank you that you are sovereign over all countries, all peoples, and all circumstances. You (and only you) can sustain people through difficult circumstances and deliver people from difficult circumstances. We now ask you to do both for the people of Vietnam in accordance with your perfect will. We pray you would sustain and deliver the countless women and girls who are caught up in sex slavery. We pray you would sustain and deliver the homeless and hungry, victims of wider economic problems. We pray you would sustain and deliver the sick who (Continue reading…)

  9. Syncing Different Faiths

    Syncing Different Faiths

    Posted on March 18th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Common to Vietnamese religious life is the mixing of multiple religions or belief systems into one religion. This practice is often called “syncretism.” Syncretism is especially prevalent in Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, considered to be “three religions from the same source” to many Vietnamese people. Along with these three, Vietnamese combine other gods and idols into their personal beliefs and religious practices. Even many Vietnamese Catholics practice ancestor worship both in their homes and at their churches. The people of Vietnam need to know the One True God and to hear that faith in Jesus (Continue reading…)

  10. Six Weeks Out: A Simulcast Host Check List

    Six Weeks Out: A Simulcast Host Check List

    Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    We’re now LESS than six weeks away from Secret Church 15: Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action. If you’re a simulcast host, we wanted to briefly remind you of a few things and offer a bit of guidance (especially for the newbies). So here’s our six week checklist of things you may want to begin considering if you haven’t yet. 1. Add-Ons √ Hypothetical scenario. You ordered package 2 – 10 study guides included. Since then, you’ve had a dozen more people show interest, and you’re now expecting somewhere between 20 and 30 people on April 24. This is (Continue reading…)