Many people from rural areas and minority tribal groups in Vietnam have embraced Christ in recent decades, but a pastor there said he is now seeing more educated people turn to Christ in the large city where he lives. He and his wife started a church by praying alone in their living room, and the church has now grown into multiple congregations meeting in different parts of the city. One church member is a university professor who had read the Bible years before and discounted it as “full of myths.” But after a colleague invited him to church, he was convicted of his sinfulness and need for redemption. Today, the man is a leader in the church. The pastor said educated city dwellers are searching for true meaning in their lives.
A Culture Shift Among New Believers
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Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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