Vietnam’s most honored leader is by far Ho Chi Minh who is responsible for leading Vietnam in fighting the Japanese during WWII, defeating French colonialists, and reunifying the country after the Vietnam War. After traveling abroad in France and the Soviet Union, Ho Chi Minh brought communist ideology back to Vietnam and began the communist party that endures today. Though he died in 1969 before the Vietnam War ended, his leadership during the war was a strong factor in victory for the north.
Su’s husband, Te, sits quietly in the back of the group as Su begins their meeting with prayer. For over a month now, their small group of believers has been meeting in Su’s home to study the Bible and praise God together.
Mao listens intently as Su shares a story that she has never heard. She sits with the five children, all of them squirming and gasping at the stories Su tells.
Su, her two teenagers, and the five village children made a circle with colorful straw mats in the main room and sat cross-legged ready to begin their activities. Su’s sons began teaching the children a new song that Su had shared with them. The tune was a lot like songs the children had heard but with new words that told about the Creator God. As the children began to sing loudly, a woman’s voice interrupted the worship time.
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.
We asked. They answered honestly and with conviction. Read the words from Vietnamese church leaders below as they tell us what life is like as a Christian in Vietnam.
The young bride readied herself to leave her family’s house forever. Her mother adorned her with blue, white and yellow flowers as the bride looked at her reflection in the mirror, admiring the beautiful silk dress that her grandmother made. A mix of emotions clouded her mind as she fought back tears. When would she see her family again?
A typical Pa Hng home is only complete with an ancestor altar. The Pa Hng (also called Pa Then) are avid ancestor worshippers, often calling on the spirits of the dead to share in feasts and protect the family from injury and sickness. Pa Hng people feed their ancestors by placing rice and meat on the table for them each meal.