All over Vietnam’s major cities, people often overlook the thousands of children who live and work on the busy, urban streets.
Some children live on the streets with their parents. Some leave their families in rural areas to come to the city and make extra money. Others are orphans, often finding family through gangs and other orphaned street children.
Children on Vietnam’s streets face many dangers—sexual exploitation, prostitution, drug addictions, abductions, and starvation, to name a few.
These among many others are ever on the minds of the children that roam the streets of major cities as they sell, beg, or offer services of one kind or another.
Though their lives are hard, the children continue to shine shoes, sell lottery tickets, trade drugs, and prostitute themselves because they can’t find a way out—a way to a better life.
As the children grow up and have families of their own, the cycle of poverty and desperation will continue unless they somehow find a way out.
Learn more about Vietnam’s street children through this video from Radio Free Asia about the street children of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Pray with us for the street children of Vietnam. Here are a few ideas to help you pray:
- Pray for Christians to treat street children with love and compassion. Ask that God will give Vietnamese Christians ways to offer help to the children of the streets.
- Pray for street children to hear the Gospel and learn about the God who created them and loves them.
- Pray for street children to be able to have identification papers so that they can go to school, get a job, and rent a home in the future.