Flag of Vietnam Rank: 18
Score: 65/100
2013 Rank: 21
Leader: President Truong Tan Sang
Government: Communist state
Main Religion: Buddhism
Population: 91.6 million (9.7 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Communist oppression/Dictatorial paranoia

Christian Persecution in VietnamThe government views the church with suspicion, seeing Christianity as a foreign influence and Christians as Western agents. A new law introduced at the beginning of 2013 requires all churches to register at a local level, and yet this is made very difficult for them. Youth work and training of church leaders and members can be hindered or made impossible. In December 2013, a group of Christians delivering Christmas gifts to orphans were detained. The leader of the group was beaten and tortured by the village Communist party chief.


  • For Christian leaders and pastors in the northern and central Highlands; authorities keep a close watch on their activities.
  • For believers in these areas, pressured by their community to return to traditional faith.
  • Thank God for Open Doors’ literacy programme, aiming to help at least 2,000 believers.

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  • Amy

    Lord, I pray today for the nation of Vietnam. First I pray for Pastor Vinh and I pray for his speedy recovery. I ask that You would protect and keep his mind especially after the suffering that he has endured… please help him not to walk in fear even tho in the natural that is almost guaranteed. Help him to lean completely on You and put his full trust in You as You continue to lead him and direct him. I pray for an increased fruitfulness in his ministry and that You would use him in mighty ways to reach others with the gospel!

    I pray also today for all of the believers who have been imprisoned for their faith over the last couple of years. I cannot imagine what that must be like. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your faithfulness to them – because I know that the other reason they are still alive is because You have kept them. I ask in Jesus’ name that You would release them at the right time and that no group or individual would be able to prevent that release. I pray that, until that time, You would help them to be faithful and proactive in serving You even in prison, just like the Apostle Paul. Please strengthen each and every one of them today with supernatural grace and joy and energy. Please heal any of them who are sick in their bodies as they probably won’t get medical care in prison. You are able!!!

    I pray specifically for the Christians from ethnic minority groups who have found You as their Savior. I thank You for revealing Yourself to them and for giving them the faith that they needed in order to see You for who You are. I pray now for Your provision for them, as many have been rejected by their families and support groups. I pray that You would make them strong and that they would not back down or succumb to the pressure that they are facing… You are able to provide grace that is bigger than their circumstances and I ask that You would. Please help them to stay strong in their faith and not let the cares of the world choke out the seeds that You have deposited in them. Help them to know that anything that they give up for You in this life will be returned to them a hundredfold in the next.
    I pray for those who are distributing Christian literature in Vietnam. I pray for Your divine wisdom and discernment for every person – that they would know when to move and when not to, who to speak to, who to give literature to, etc. I ask that You would create opportunities for people who have never heard about You to receive these distributed materials and learn about You for the first time. Use every person who is distributing materials to get them into the hands of those who need them, and protect them as they work for You in a very difficult place. I specifically pray for those who are distributing the Illustrated Children’s Bible and ask that so many Vietnamese children are able to read and learn about You and become Your followers. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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  • Blake

    Our gracious Father, we praise you for the grace that you have revealed to us in Christ as your children. The only reason that we can come before you today as Christians is because we have peace with you through repentance and faith in the sacrifice of your son. Today we pray for our brothers and sisters in Vietnam who have the same access to you as adopted sons and daughters. We pray for strength in their inner beings through your spirit (Ephesians 3:16) as they continue to trust you. Give them the ability to persevere physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in the midst of their circumstances, that they might be witnesses to your goodness and your truth even in the face of persecution. Help the persecuted Christians to share the Gospel with those who guard them and those who question them, and please soften the hearts of these individuals so that they can come to share in the pleasures and glory of Christ also. Father, give your sons and daughters joy as they face this suffering, and help them to remember that it has been given to them (Phillipians 1:29). May they rejoice that they have been chosen to suffer for Christ’s name as the apostles did (Acts 5:41).
    Lord, we also pray for unity in the body of Christ in Vietnam, especially for those who are from ethnic minority groups. Help the believers to put on love above all things so that the body can be bound together in love. Help believers like Hmong to hear sound teaching and to experience changed lives of obedience and love in the believers around them so that they can be encouraged and so that they can persevere in the faith. Only you can change hearts, Father, so we pray for the hearts of all those who are hearing the Gospel in Vietnam, that they might be softened and that they might be so struck by the truth of judgment and the unbelievable gift of your grace that they would repent and give their entire lives to Jesus.
    We also ask for wisdom for those who are distributing Christian literature to others in Vietnam. We praise you for the work that you have done in preparing the literature through workers and getting it to Vietnam, and we ask for discretion and boldness for those who distribute it. We pray especially that the Illustrated Children’s Bible would be effective in reaching many hearts and minds of children in Vietnam with the loving truth of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. Reveal your love to these precious individuals through these books and the workers who share them. We praise you for the work you have done and will do in this country, and we know that you do all that you please, so use your humble servants around the world to accomplish your purposes for the glory of your name! Thank you for loving us so much.

    • Ken Palmer

      I agree with my brother’s prayer. In Jesus name.

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