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  1. 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…)

  2. Join Us in Prayer

    Join Us in Prayer

    Posted on February 11th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    As you begin the Secret Church prayer focus for the peoples of Vietnam, use this video from Prayercast to help you focus in on the needs in Vietnam. Listen to a Vietnamese Christian pray for her people and join her in asking the Lord to save the peoples of Vietnam. Leave a comment below about your commitment to pray for Vietnam and encourage others to pray. To learn more about the peoples of Vietnam and for more ways to pray, visit PrayForVietnam.org . Video by Prayercast. Read more about Vietnam and see more ways to pray (Continue reading…)

  3. 8 Things You Might Not Know About Vietnam

    8 Things You Might Not Know About Vietnam

    Posted on February 9th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    As we start our journey to pray for the peoples of Vietnam, many of us know only a few things about Vietnam and its people. Here are a few fast facts to help you learn more: 1. Communism. Vietnam is a communist nation. The official name is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 2. Growing country. Although Vietnam is a developing nation, the unemployment rates are very low and the literacy rate is at 94 percent. 3. Bikes, bikes, and more bikes. Traveling by motorbike is one of the most popular forms of transportation. An estimated 10 million motorbikes travel on (Continue reading…)

  4. Too Much Too Late?

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    Too Much Too Late?

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Let’s be real. If you lay down on a bean bag near the end of Secret Church at midnight . . .   . . . you’re setting yourself up to fail. Sometimes, though, you don’t have to try to set yourself up to fail. You may not be able to avoid cutting the night short if you’ve had an early morning, if you have a babysitter expecting you back right at midnight, if you’re on the east coast (AKA – the post 1am crowd), if your church has a grounds crew waiting on you to lock up (Continue reading…)

  5. Why Vietnam?

    Why Vietnam?

    Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Vietnam is our Secret Church 15 prayer focus. Why are we highlighting this area? Two reasons, both of which you’ll hear more about in the coming months. Unreached People Groups – Vietnam has 74 unique people groups comprised of 93,530,125 individuals. Of those, 71 are unreached . Of those unreached groups, 23 are unengaged . Only three people groups in the country are reached with the gospel. Persecution – According to Open Doors’ World Watch List, Vietnam is the 16th worst country for Christians to live in, in terms of persecution. Much of the opposition comes from communist authorities. However, in (Continue reading…)

  6. The Trafficker Next Door

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    The Trafficker Next Door

    Posted on January 30th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    On January 12, the  Hidden Glory  blog published a guest post by  Heidi Carlson . The topic is human trafficking… an increasingly popular cause to take up, but no less heavy to discuss. Adding to the weight of this particular blog post, however, is the prospect of a trafficker or trafficking abetter living right next door. Or even worse, perhaps it is you. Are you complicit in the very activity you so fiercely denounce? In the words of the blog’s owner, Heather Nelson, “Warning: this post will be convicting, and uncomfortable, and shocking.” Read the post  HERE . In our upcoming Secret Church, “Christ, Culture, (Continue reading…)

  7. The Secret Church Prayer Focus

    The Secret Church Prayer Focus

    Posted on January 27th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    If, in the business of the holiday season, you missed  our announcement last month , the Secret Church 15 prayer focus is the Peoples of Vietnam. If you’re new to Secret Church, that may leave you with more questions than answers. So to learn what exactly the prayer focus is, watch the two minute video below. You can also explore the prayer focus websites from  last year  or the  year before that . As the video explained, it’s more than a few minutes on the night of Secret Church. After Secret Church, we’ll be devoting the entire month of May to focused prayer for Vietnam, so now is the (Continue reading…)

  8. Distinguishing Between "Lost" and "Unreached"

    Distinguishing Between “Lost” and “Unreached”

    Posted on January 20th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    It may seem like we’re splitting hairs to differentiate between “lost” and “unreached,” but we aren’t. In a previous post , we discussed unreached peoples, who they are, and what it practically means to be unreached. The definition we gave for unreached was: “people groups among whom there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage the people group with church planting.” In describing what it would mean to be in an unreached people group (UPG), David Platt illuminates the one factor that makes a UPG different than merely being lost: You don’t have access (Continue reading…)

  9. What is the Prayer Focus All About, Anyway?

    Posted on January 15th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    If, in the busyness of the holiday season, you missed  our announcement last month , the  Secret Church 15  prayer focus is the Peoples of Vietnam. If you’re new to Secret Church, that may leave you with more questions than answers. So to learn what exactly the prayer focus is, watch the two minute video below. For an even better idea, feel free to peruse the prayer focus websites from  last year  or the  year before that . As the video explained, it’s more than a few minutes on the night of Secret Church. After Secret Church, we’ll be devoting the entire month of May to focused prayer for Vietnam, (Continue reading…)

  10. Who Are The Unreached?

    Who Are The Unreached?

    Posted on January 13th, 2015 by Secret Church

    There are 48 unreached people groups in Vietnam (the Secret Church 15 prayer focus) comprised of 89,160,250 individuals. Of those 48 people groups, 24 are unengaged. Below, David Platt helps us understand just what it means to be unreached . . . — Who are the unreached in our day? Who are the people who have never heard? The unreached are people groups among whom there is no indigenous community of believing Christians able to engage the people group with church planting. Now you’ll notice in that definition the term “people group.” And just to remind you what that means (Continue reading…)