Some young Vietnamese Christian leaders desire to study abroad at Bible schools or seminaries in places like Singapore or the Philippines. Such opportunities require a good grasp of English and provision of the required finances, but the experiences are often hugely impactful in the lives of the leaders who go. Thank God for the opportunities these Vietnamese believers have to study in other parts of East Asia and pray for God’s provision for the daily needs of these students. Ask God to raise up more healthy, local Vietnamese churches to support and train future leaders.
I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.
Thank God that there are three legal, openly operating Bible schools in Vietnam. Pray that these schools can work well together, across various like-minded denominations. Pray for the Lord to use the recent group of graduates to bear fruit in their communities. Lift up 40 new students who are in their first year of study and have a desire to serve the church. Ask for God to make himself known through their lives and ministries.
Believers in Vietnam are working hard to translate sections of the Bible (text and audio form) into minority languages which currently do not have a Bible or do not have a complete Bible. People are also working to translate the Bible into sign language videos. Pray for the translators to have perseverance, wisdom and insight to choose meaningful words in these important projects.
Thank you, Lord, that Bibles are available in Vietnamese. We pray for increased use of modern translations. We also pray for translations into many minority languages that still have no or few scriptures.
We pray for new leaders to be trained urgently. Lord, give wisdom to older pastors who carry heavy responsibilities. We pray for discernment in younger churches led by those with little opportunity for theological study, that you will guide them in your truth, and guard their teaching and pastor your flock. We pray for more commentaries, theological study materials and children’s materials to be translated and written for the Vietnamese church.
Vietnam is a vibrant, growing country with a population of 97 million people. The number of believers in Vietnam has doubled in the last 10 years, yet the Church remains small. Up to three-quarters of the Bible-believing Christians can be found among a few minorities, like the Hmong, who have responded warmly to the gospel. However, of over 83 million ethnic Vietnamese only 450,000 are Christian. Of the 36 million Northern Vietnamese, there is just one believer for every 2000 people. Many minority people groups like the Nùng, Tày, Mường and Thổ have even fewer believers still.
Vietnam remains one of the most unreached areas in East Asia.
Vision for Vietnam
Our longing is not just to reach all these peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ, but also to see the good news, in all its fullness, transforming their lives and communities.
- Total: 97 million
- Vietnamese (Việt Kinh): 83 million
- Minority Groups including:
- Nùng and Tày: 2.9 million
- Mường: 1.4 million
- Thổ: 80,000
- Evangelical Christians: 1.8%
- Ancestor Worship
- Roman Catholicism
- Protestant Christianity
- Indigenous cults
Lord, you know the needs in Vietnam. We ask that you would transform this nation. We pray today that you would help those ministering there to develop suitable ways to reach the Việt Kinh in both urban and rural areas. Bless the efforts to reach minority groups and may the fruit of their work be communities of people who love you. Father God, we ask you to help your people as they learn, teach and work in places where they seek to proclaim your good news. Pour out your peace and unity on those working in partnership with local Christians and groups, may your Kingdom come as they work together.