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  1. The Worship of Work

    The Worship of Work

    Posted on March 16th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    At this point in Hai’s* life, religion is a luxury he can’t afford. Like many young professionals, Hai is the oldest in his family. He left his village and moved to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic hub, in search of a better life and more money for his family. Work is the only thing in Hai’s life right now. “I work every day and most nights,” he says. “If I don’t, they can find someone who will.” Hai cannot risk losing his job as an account manager at a small start-up computer software firm. (Continue reading…)

  2. Common Concerns

    Common Concerns

    Posted on March 13th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    In every society, people worry over common things. Below is a list of some of the top concerns for people in Vietnam. As you read the concerns listed below, lift up a prayer for Vietnamese people who live in worry about these things. Ask that they will hear the gospel and will be able to release their fears and embrace new life with Christ. Poor Health. Vietnamese people, especially women, are often worried about their health. Suffering from poor health or illness is a top fear for many, especially in rural areas where there is (Continue reading…)

  3. Ancestor Worship

    Ancestor Worship

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    The peoples of Vietnam practice a number of different religions. About 50 percent of people claim to follow Buddhism, and many others follow animism, Confucianism, Taoism, and more. However, a few visits to Vietnamese homes or businesses would reveal that overall, the prevailing religious practice in Vietnam is ancestor worship. The majority of Vietnamese people take great care in preserving the memories of their ancestors and honoring them with regular prayers and offerings. Ancestor worship is such an integral part of Vietnamese culture that many would not even recognize it as a religion—it’s just a (Continue reading…)

  4. Responding to Suffering

    Responding to Suffering

    Posted on March 10th, 2015 by Jonathan L.

    As followers of Christ, it’s difficult to know just how we ought to respond to the  recent horrors  displayed by ISIS. The Bible calls us to take an active stand against unjust abuse, oppression, and persecution; we’re called to defend the defenseless. And there is a place for government and even military action. However, the Bible is also clear that personally, our reaction should always be marked by love, mercy, and a desire for justice on behalf of those suffering. Everything we do (and everything we refrain from doing) should be because we love our just God with all that we (Continue reading…)

  5. Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 4

    Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 4

    Posted on March 9th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Earlier we shared with you about Su who became a Christian outside of Vietnam and then brought the gospel back to her home village, facing persecution from the government and her community. Read the  firstsecond , and third  parts of Su’s story here.  This is a fictional story based off of real life events. It is not a true depiction of one person’s life, but intended to be an example of the types of persecution that Vietnamese people face in their home villages.  Su’s husband, Te, sits quietly in the back of the group as Su begins their (Continue reading…)

  6. Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 3

    Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 3

    Posted on March 6th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Earlier we shared with you about Su who became a Christian outside of Vietnam and then brought the gospel back to her home village, facing persecution from the government and her community. Read the first and second parts of Su’s story here.  This is a fictional story based off of real life events. It is not a true depiction of one person’s life, but intended to be an example of the types of persecution that Vietnamese people face in their home villages.  Mao listens intently as Su shares a story that she has never heard. She sits with (Continue reading…)

  7. UPDATE on Urgent Prayer Request for Brother "A" in the Horn

    UPDATE on Urgent Prayer Request for Brother “A” in the Horn

    Posted on March 5th, 2015 by Secret Church

    Thank you for praying for A during this difficult time. We know we just asked you to pray and God has heard us. Our brother A was taken to be with The Lord shortly after we posted the prayer requests. We thank God for saving A and for using his life to make Christ known to others in The Horn of Africa. We praise God that he used the suffering in A’s life to grow A’s faith and bring great glory to himself.  Please continue to pray for A’s family to believe and for other believers who (Continue reading…)

  8. UPDATED: From the Horn of Africa: Urgent Prayer Need

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    UPDATED: From the Horn of Africa: Urgent Prayer Need

    Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Secret Church

    * An update has been added to the bottom of this post. We just received an urgent prayer request straight from the Horn of Africa, our Secret Church 12 prayer focus.We met and interviewed a brother there whom we called “A.” You may recall his story from the SC12 simulcast as he spoke about being thrown in prison for his faith and realizing it was a blessing so he could share the gospel with those in captivity.  A church was started in the prison. “A” is a faithful follower who has suffered greatly, but God has used him (Continue reading…)

  9. Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 2

    Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 2

    Posted on March 4th, 2015 by Cassity H.

    Earlier we shared with you about Su who became a Christian outside of Vietnam and then brought the gospel back to her home village, facing persecution from the government and her community. Read the beginning of Su’s story here .  This is a fictional story based off of real life events. It is not a true depiction of one person’s life, but intended to be an example of the types of persecution that Vietnamese people face in their home villages.  Su, her two teenagers, and the five village children made a circle with colorful straw mats (Continue reading…)

  10. Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 1

    Bringing Home the Gospel, Part 1

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Cassity H.

    This is the first of a four-part, fictional story based off of real life events. It is not a true depiction of one person’s life, but intended to be an example of the types of persecution that Vietnamese people face in their home villages.  Su wakes up to someone calling her name. The voice seems far off, more of an echo than a clear sound. She rises from bed and walks to the open window of her bamboo house and the sound gets louder. In a stern, high-pitched male voice, a warning is given to (Continue reading…)