Day 18

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Vietnam

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Recently the government published drafts of two decrees. One decree says that unregistered churches will remain illegal in Vietnam and subject to criminal penalties, while registered churches are bound by regulations that the new decree tightens and further extends. The other decree explains all the punishments for infractions of the Law on Belief and Religion. Punishments range from warnings and fines to the shutting down of organizations and institutions. Pray that these drafts will be rejected. Pray for a new beginning for freedom to be extended to the Christian faith in Vietnam. Pray that the Lord will give wisdom to churches as they negotiate restricted and regulated life (The Bible, Isaiah 30:21).

Source: Vietnam needs our prayers (Christianity Today)

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%