Pray for: Vietnam

Flag for Vietnam

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Hanoi
Population: 98,168,829
% Urban: 38.1 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 23.2 %
Official Language: Vietnamese
Languages: 106
Literacy Rate: 94 %
HDI Ranking: 117 / 189
% Christian: 9.4 %
% Evangelical: 1.8 %
Largest Religion: Buddhist
% Largest Religion: 52.5 %
People Groups: 119
Least Reached People Groups: 67
% Unevangelized: 27 %
Persecution Ranking: 19 / 50

Vietnam

Title: Vietnam

Tier: 1

Type: country

Vietnam is one of the few Communist nations left in the world. Although it has employed capitalistic economic principles to fuel much recent growth, its people still suffer with continued oppression and increased social problems such as drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, prostitution, and the exploitation of women and children. This land has known great violence in past decades, and although peace now prevails, much division and mistrust exist among its peoples. The deepest spiritual loyalty in Vietnam is to worship of ancestors, even more than to Communism, and even more than to the mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism traditionally practised by Vietnamese. Some might argue that rapidly emerging materialism is now the greatest passion of most Vietnamese. Christians face hard questions as they try to handle these issues biblically. Pray that the light of the gospel will banish all darkness and provide hope and purpose to all those who are lost.

Vietnam

Title: Vietnam

Tier: 1

Type: country

A growing, witnessing Church is emerging from years of persecution. Catholic and Protestant, new expression and old, a significant turning to God is occurring in different places, in both registered and unregistered churches, and among different people groups. The Vietnamese diaspora is also seeing many become believers. These converts then bring the gospel back to Vietnam with them. There is even a fast-growing missionary vision spreading among the churches of Vietnam! Pray for the Holy Spirit to keep fanning these flames of spiritual passion, all for the maturation of the Vietnamese Church and so that Jesus might be known through the entire nation.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.