1. Beaten But Not Broken

    Beaten But Not Broken

    Posted on April 21st, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Pastor Dun* lay on the ground covered in his own sweat and blood. Authorities ordered him to sign a paper promising to never return to the village to worship God. He refused again, and they brought out the electric batons, beating him over the head and shattering his knee. As his shrieks echoed through the village, Dun’s wife rushed into the room to stop the beatings. Soon she was also on the floor, unconscious, after being pushed against the wall. Despite severe beatings from morning until afternoon, local authorities could not break Dun and the (Continue reading…)

  2. Simulcast Hosts May Want Have...

    Simulcast Hosts May Want Have…

    Posted on April 21st, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    If you’re hosting a simulcast gathering this Friday, let the below pictures prompt you to think about including some things. You may want to have…

  3. Vietnam's Major Cities: Ho Chi Minh City


    Vietnam’s Major Cities: Ho Chi Minh City

    Posted on April 20th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Name: Ho Chi Minh City Significance: Vietnam’s largest city and economic hub Population: Approximately 7.3 million; approximately 10 million including suburban areas History: Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, lies in southern Vietnam along the Siagon River and north of the Mekong River. During the 1800s when the French controlled Vietnam, the city became a major port city and metropolitan center. When the Viet Minh group declared independence for Vietnam under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh in the north, a riot broke out in the city of Saigon. French troops regained control, beginning the (Continue reading…)

  4. What is Animism Anyway?

    What is Animism Anyway?

    Posted on April 17th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    As we have discussed different people groups in Vietnam, we have mentioned that many of these people are animists or practice some sort of animism. But you might be wondering, what is animism exactly? Although animism doesn’t really fit into a neat box containing all there is to know about the religious practice, we did want to provide you with a general overview of what animists typically believe. Specifically, we want to show you what the life of an animist in Vietnam could be like so that you can know how to better pray for (Continue reading…)

  5. A Prayer for the Church in Vietnam

    A Prayer for the Church in Vietnam

    Posted on April 16th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Father in Heaven, We are thankful for your promises that you will never leave your people (Matt 28:20) and that even the gates of hell will not prevail against your church (Matt 16:18). So with confidence, we approach your throne with the needs of our fellow Vietnamese believers. First, draw them into deeper communion with you, both as individuals and as local congregations. May they know you better, follow you closer, and love you more. Second, bless them with a supernatural love and unity. Give local churches the ability to work together. Guard believers from strife, dissension, and division. Rather, (Continue reading…)

  6. Celebration of the Dead

    Celebration of the Dead

    Posted on April 15th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Hao* welcomes waves of people into his home today. Friends crowd his sitting room sipping on the hot green tea his wife prepared for them. He smiles and nods at the turn out, feeling honored that so many have come to celebrate the death anniversary of both his father and his older brother. After having tea and exchanging a few words with everyone, Hao leads his guests next door to his brother’s house where more guests have arrived. They all head upstairs where an ornate cabinet holds the family altar. Situated on the altar is (Continue reading…)

  7. Simulcast Testing

    Simulcast Testing

    Posted on April 13th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    As a reminder, if you’re hosting a Secret Church simulcast , we have two mandatory test dates for you to make sure your connection is good and to answer any technical questions you may have. The first one will be TUESDAY, APRIL 14 from 1PM to 7PM (CT)—that’s tomorrow! Plan to join us and test your simulcast setup, internet connection, etc. for at least 30 minutes during that window of time. It is important that you log in if at all possible to ensure a smooth simulcast experience next weekend. How will you test? It’s simple. Just log in to (Continue reading…)

  8. Human Trafficking in Vietnam

    Human Trafficking in Vietnam

    Posted on April 13th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Vietnam is both a source and a destination for human trafficking of men, women, and children. Several countries including China, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom receive Vietnamese who have been trafficked for sexual and labor exploitation. Vietnam also is a destination for children who are trafficked for the sex industry. The causes of human trafficking in Vietnam are vast. Many people are tricked into false marriages; others are enticed out of a situation of poverty or inability to find work. Lack of awareness and a low education level also contribute to (Continue reading…)

  9. A Family Affair

    A Family Affair

    Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    The young bride readied herself to leave her family’s house forever. Her mother adorned her with blue, white and yellow flowers as the bride looked at her reflection in the mirror, admiring the beautiful silk dress that her grandmother made. A mix of emotions clouded her mind as she fought back tears. When would she see her family again? Her new home would be in another village two hours away. Yet a sense of excitement tried to fight its way through. She was happy to be getting married, and her parents were so glad that (Continue reading…)

  10. Register for the Simulcast Today and Receive Study Guides by 4/24

    Register for the Simulcast Today and Receive Study Guides by 4/24

    Posted on April 10th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    Notice anything about this picture from Secret Church last year? Those people aren’t praying… they’re hunched over writing. Furiously. It’s known as Secret Church Neck Crick (SCNC), and it doesn’t just affect those who attend Secret Church in person. Thousands of people around the country and across the seas find themselves dealing with the April ailment. For evidence, look no further than these action shots captured last year: Of course, SCNC is better than its alternative… Secret Church Oblivion (SCO). See below: If you want to avoid the notorious SCO for the more preferable SCNC, today is the day! To receive your 200 page (Continue reading…)