Day 18

DECEMBER | 2021

Vietnam

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

At one time, Vietnam had very few COVID-19 cases. According to false accusations of the government in Vietnam, a pastoral couple and members of their church were responsible for starting an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Christians say the authorities are trying to defame Christianity in public, widely publicizing unsubstantiated and provocative reports regarding church members. They interrogated the pastors and church members. The international outcry to support the church may explain why the authorities backed down. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of at least 6 Vietnamese pastors. As we pray, speak out that dominion belongs to the Lord, and He rules over the nations. Speak out that Jesus is for the Church in Vietnam, not against it. He hopes that the Church grows strong (The Bible, Psalm 22:28).

Source: Christians Questioned in Criminal Investigation of Church in Vietnam (Christian Headlines)

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.

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%