A Culture of Idols

Idols and altars abound throughout the country of Vietnam. Small bowls filled with food and burning incense sit outside the entrance to most restaurants. Larger shrines with photos of deceased ancestors and their daily offerings are the focal point of many homes. Nearly everywhere you go, the smell of burning incense is not far away.  

The Bible speaks many times of idol worship and the consequences for following false gods. Psalm 115:4-8 says,

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them (ESV).

This scripture is true for the peoples of Vietnam and the idols that they worship. Unlike the Living God, their idols cannot help them despite how much they seek help from them. Please pray with us for the peoples of Vietnam who daily worship idols.

Pray for the millions of people seeking hope, answers, salvation, etc. through idol worship. Ask the Lord to fulfill all their needs through Jesus Christ.

Pray for God to send Christians to share the gospel with Vietnamese people so that they might know the truth.


Throughout the month of May 2015, we are asking individuals, families, groups of friends, small groups, and churches to join with us and commit to pray for the peoples of Vietnam. We will be posting stories and sharing ways to pray daily through the blog, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also download a prayer guide and other resources here.

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