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Vietnamese officials in Muong Cha district, Dien Bien Province, destroyed two new church buildings belonging to ethnic minority Hmong Christians and threatened to tear down a third.

The Ho He Church, erected in April by the unregistered Vietnam Good News Mission, was demolished on June 17. The Phan Ho Church of the registered Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) was destroyed days earlier on June 13. The church building threatened with demolition, The Cong Church, also belongs to the Vietnam Good News Mission.

The Hmong Christian movement in Vietnam's Northwest Mountainous Region has grown from virtually nothing to some 400,000 believers in the last two decades. The Hmong Christians remain under heavy government suspicion and are regularly objects of harassment and sometimes outright persecution.

According to a trusted source, these incidents demonstrate the dysfunction of the government's church registration regime. More than half of Vietnam's Protestants remain unregistered. Hundreds of these congregations have tried to apply for registration, only to have officials simply refuse to accept the applications. Others are told they cannot register because they are not legal or because there are no Christians where they live.

Pray the Lord will encourage the faith of these believers, particularly the church leaders. Pray that in spite of these setbacks and the opposition they face, God will fill the believers' hearts with peace beyond comprehension as they bring their needs to Him with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6-7). Pray that God will soften the hearts of those opposing Hmong Christians in Vietnam.

Visit the Vietnam Country Report to learn more about the opposition our brothers and sisters face in Vietnam.

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Country Information

Population
102,789,598 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kinh [Viet] (85.3), Tay (1.9), Thai (1.9), Muong (1.5), Khmer (1.5), Mong (1.4), Nung (1.1), Hoa (1), others (5.5)

Religion (%)
Catholic (6.1), Buddhist (7.9), Protestant (1), Other (0.8) none (86.3%)

Leader
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2021)

Government type
Communist state

Legal system
Civil law system

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Vietnam

We can thank the Lord for the tremendous witnessing efforts and steadfast faith demonstrated by the persecuted Christians of Vietnam. May they not be intimidated by governmental stipulations but rather encouraged to stand firm on the promises of God – relying on Him for the wisdom, diplomacy and favour required to deal appropriately with the authorities. Pray for radical changes to take place in the hearts of the country’s leaders, especially those who are responsible for implementing and administering Vietnam's laws, so that the work of the Gospel will continue to thrive.

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