Day 18

DECEMBER | 2022

Vietnam

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The Evangelical Church of Christ in Vietnam’s Dak Lak Central Highlands province have lodged a complaint against the constant harassment of the local police who interrupt their weekly services and keep church members under surveillance. The complaint was made just ahead of the U.S. Human Rights Dialogue held in the capital city. Pray for the salvation of the police authorities in this region. Pray that in the midst of the trials, Christians will experience the supernatural peace of God that allows them to extend grace and forgiveness (The Bible, Romans 12:12).

Source: Protestants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands complain of constant police harassment (Radio Free Asia)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Economic reforms launched in 1986 have brought about significant growth and development; its performance during recent years has been the fastest in the previous ten. Of its 95 million people, 70 percent are under the age of 35. One of the last Communist states in the world, Vietnam’s government exerts great power. The state enforces strict controls over political and religious expression. House churches remain illegal, and churches must register though approval is rarely given as Christianity is viewed with suspicion and considered a Western influence. In 2018 laws were introduced that were thought may improve freedom of religion. In some regions, churches have been encouraged by local authorities who noticed the difference in the communities where the Christians are active. However, in other regions, churches have been sentenced harshly for breaking the laws of meeting together.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Trương Tấn Sang
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
POPULATION
94,349,000
CHRISTIANS
9.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
19
REFUGEES
11,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.16 yrs
LITERACY RATE
94%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.3%