Making Disciples

Matthew 28:18-20 says "Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Pray for mature and bold disciples to be raised up from the harvest in Vietnam. Pray these disciples will then disciples others. Pray for God to continue to draw the Vietnamese people to Himself.

Breaking Down Barriers

Ask God to break down the barriers that are keeping the Vietnamese from coming to Him. Ask Him to create a hunger in their hearts to know the Most High God. "O Lord, the gospel has been veiled to the Vietnamese who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of the Vietnamese, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. Lord, when You said, "Let light shine out of darkness, "You made Your light shine in the hearts of the Vietnamese and gave them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:3-6)

True Repentance...

When she heard the Good News, she responded, “Yes, I believe, and want to follow God.” When the two people who shared with her talked about change and repentance, she wanted to take down her family altar that is used to worship the ancestors and other spirits. This is a major cultural shift and a true sign of repentance. The gospel of Jesus Christ transcends all rituals, cultures, and cultural traditions. Pray for this lady and others like her who choose to return to God in a restored relationship through Jesus Christ. Pray for the discipleship process that follows. Pray for their perseverance in the face of ridicule and persecution that comes from family and others. Praise God for changed lives.

"I have never heard that story before"

“I have never heard that story before.” 

During this Christmas season please pray for the many Vietnamese who will hear the Good News story for the first time. Pray that God will draw these people to Himself, and that they will repent, believe, and begin a new relationship with the Most High God through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ .  . . students, taxi drivers, restaurant workers, business men and women, farmers, professors, others. Pray that new believers will have opportunity to be followed up, and will be baptized and discipled, and join in fellowship with a church. Pray that those who had never heard before and now believe will go out and tell their friends and neighbors the Good News and spread it far and wide.

The Largest Unreached People Group in Southeast Asia

The Viet-Kinh are the majority people group in Vietnam. They are the largest unreached people group in southeast Asia. Ask God to call out national church planters who have a burden for evangelizing, discipling and planting churches among the peoples of Vietnam. Pray that there will soon be a church in every district, commune and village of Vietnam.

"I pray the Vietnamese will be full of the knowledge of You, Lord, as the waters cover the sea Let Your kingdom come to the Vietnamese people. Let Your will be done in the hearts of the Vietnamese people.

Pray for the Phu La People

Ask God to send out laborers among the Phu La so that all the Phu La will have an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.

"O God. open a door for the message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ to the Phu La. I have opened my eyes and looked at the fields. They are ripe for harvest. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Lord of the harvest, send out workers into Your harvest field." (Colossians 4: 3; John 4: 35; Matthew 9: 37-38)

One Step Too Many

Construction work was on schedule and the house was almost complete. The owner arrived to make an inspection, as his family would be moving into the house in three days. He noticed immediately that the front entrance had four steps leading into the house. He asked to speak to the foreman and sternly explained that this was unacceptable.

In Vietnam there is a saying which means “Birth, old age, destiny, and death.”

1.     Sinh = Birth

2.  Lao = Old age

3.  Menh = Destiny

4.  Tu = Death

Numbers like one, five, and nine are good numbers, because they correspond to the first word, ‘birth’, on the list. Numbers like four and eight are not good, because they fall on the word 'death'.  A house with four steps could bring bad luck to the family, or even death.

The construction crew worked quickly to tear out the steps and replace them with an entrance that had only 3 steps.

Superstitions abound in Vietnam. Pray that God would free the Vietnamese people from bondage to these superstitions.

 

 

Thanh Minh

The father, mother, and son are on the side of the mountain where the grandfather was buried several years ago. The family is celebrating the spring worship ritual called "Thanh Minh" or the time of Pure Brightness". They rake the soil and remove all the surrounding grass and weeds, tidying up the grave to make it appear new. After placing three joss sticks into two clods of soil stacked on top of one another on top of the large cone-shaped mound of soil, the family begins a time of worship to the spirits of the grandfather, offering up flowers and a meal of rice, boiled chicken and fruit. Across the nearby hillsides and rice paddies there appear to be new graves all over.

Prayer request: Ask God, the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow, to show His pure brightness to the Vietnamese people.

(James 1:17) “Father, shed Your light on the people of Vietnam.” 

‘I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.’ John 8:12

God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

A Good Bowl of Pho

A Good Bowl of Pho

With a wide variety of meats, vegetables, and spices accompanying expertly cooked noodles or rice, Vietnamese cuisine is some of the best in the world.

One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes is pho (pronounced “fuh”), a traditional noodle soup that can be served with beef, chicken, fish, meatballs, veggies, and many other ways. Pho restaurants can be found all around cities, their customers dining on small plastic tables and chairs. Pho is a favorite for both Vietnamese and tourists alike.