Many Vietnamese young people are able to study at a university—a blessing that some of their parents didn’t have. With a college education, young Vietnamese people have better opportunities for successful careers.
However, the life of a college student is not always an easy one, especially for students from rural areas who come to the city for school. Many pressures and responsibilities rest on their young shoulders.
Read below about Trung,* a student struggling to balance school, work, and family responsibilities. Pray for Vietnamese students like Trung using the prayer requests below.
Trung* is the oldest of four children in his family. He was so excited to move to the city to begin college though he worried about being 50 miles away from his family. Now Trung sits in the corner of the room late at night reading by flashlight and hoping not to wake his roommates. It is his only time to study since he works every day after class. He is glad to have a room in walking distance to campus and his job at a coffee stand, although he does share it with several other guys like him. It was the only way they could all afford rent on their small part-time job salaries and still be able to study.
As his last year in college approaches, Trung must do his best to finish and find a job in the city. He longs to be back in the quiet, green countryside where his family lives, but his sister will begin college shortly after he graduates. As in many families, Trung will be responsible for supporting all of his siblings as they come to study in the city. With so much riding on Trung’s shoulders, he has little time to think about spiritual things that so easily get pushed to the side among a sea of worries about school, work, and family life.
Pray for students like Trung that as they learn in school they will also learn the most important lesson in life—that Jesus Christ died for them so they might have eternal life.
Pray for people in cities to take notice of college students and spend time with them, reaching out with the message of salvation.
* Name changed
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.