The Viet-Kinh People of Vietnam

Vietnam has 74 unique people groups with their own languages and cultures. Of these 74, only 3 are considered to be reached with the gospel, and 23 of them are still unengaged, unreached people groups. This post highlights the majority people, the Viet-Kinh. Read about the Viet-Kinh and take time to pray for this people group to turn to Jesus Christ.

The Viet-Kinh people group is the largest group in Vietnam, making up 86 percent of the population. Though they have many Christian resources in the Vietnamese language, they are still considered to be unreached with the gospel. Only about 1.2 percent of the over 78 million Viet-Kinh are followers of Christ.

Viet-Kinh people can be found all over Vietnam, but they are concentrated most in the deltas, midlands, and coastlands. Many Viet-Kinh are city dwellers of the large urban areas like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Education and literacy rates are very high among Viet-Kinh people, with over 80 percent of people with at least a high school education. Because agriculture is the prevailing industry in Vietnam, many Viet-Kinh are farmers or work in agriculture-related jobs. However, with the growing factory industry, Viet-Kinh people also have a large population of factory workers. On average, a typical Viet-Kinh person would make about $150 per month.

Many Viet-Kinh are followers of Buddhism, but like many other Vietnamese people, the main religious practice for Viet-Kinh people is ancestor worship.

Though this group is still considered unreached, there are ongoing efforts to reach the Viet-Kinh with the gospel.

How to pray for the Viet-Kinh people:

  • Pray for God to open up the hearts of the Viet-Kinh people to hear and receive the gospel.
  • Pray for the young believers who face persecution from their families for their decision to follow Jesus and break away from ancestor worship.
  • Pray for spiritual growth and maturity for Viet-Kinh believers and churches.
  • Pray that the Viet-Kinh will have a vision to take the gospel to the minority groups in Vietnam.

For more on the VIet-Kinh, visit our people groups page.