A year ago, Brother Thao, supported by the Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), went to a Vietnamese village to preach the gospel and guided Giang, aged 16, and Huy, aged 15, to make the decision to follow Christ.
However, “Giang’s parents beat him several times in hopes that their son will give up his Christian faith,” said Hyunsook Foley, CEO of VOM Korea. “But Giang’s devotion to Christ did not waver. Eventually, his parents drove Giang out of the house and did not allow him to return, so he built a small hut and started living on his own.
“Another local Christian, Pastor Macao, who is supported by VOM, heard this story and brought Giang to his house,” said Foley.
According to Foley, Huy was living with his grandparents before becoming a Christian. Huy’s grandfather practiced witchcraft, and after receiving Christ, Huy was often bullied and beaten by his uncles.
“Huy’s family burned all his belongings, including clothes, books, and notebooks,” said Foley. Huy was also recently kicked out of his very own home, but Pastor Macao has taken him in as well.
“Thanks to our supporters, Pastor Macao was able to buy bicycles, clothes, and other daily necessities for the two boys,” said Foley. Pastor Macao hopes that their families would welcome them back, so he visited and talked with them. Foley said, “Thankfully, Huy’s grandparents accepted him in again, on the condition that Huy proves Christianity as a good religion. Huy’s grandparents said they had only heard bad things about Christianity, but they might consider becoming Christian if Huy is a good example to them.”
Unfortunately, however, Giang’s parents turned down Pastor Macao’s request. Giang’s parents have no intention of welcoming their son back unless he denounces Christ, and he said that if Giang ever becomes a bad person, he will hold Pastor Macao accountable.
According to Foley, Pastor Macao continued to take care of Giang so that he could attend school regularly. He arranged for Giang to live with a member of the church who is close to his school.
VOM Korea asks the global church to pray specifically for these Vietnamese teenagers and their families and the local ministers supported by VOM.
Foley said, “Please pray for Huy’s grandparents, who have opened their hearts to consider believing in Jesus if they see change in Huy. Please also pray for Giang’s parents to soften their hearts to hear about Jesus. Please pray for more boldness and faith for all pastors and evangelists working in Vietnam. When these ministers spread the gospel and help others, may they themselves be helped and reminded of the truth.”
Source: Christian Today
10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 11 For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.
(2 Corinthians 7:10-11 ESV)
Thank you, God, for this news of our young Vietnamese brethren who have faith that the world cannot overcome.
You have led Giang and Huy to salvation, and now, you are raising them up as your disciples. We praise you, Lord.
Because they have decided to put their faith in you, they were beaten and persecuted by their families. They were kicked out of their homes. However, their love for and faith in you have not changed.
Their confession that they are willing to even die for your sake is becoming the confession of the entire Vietnamese church. The persecution and hardships that the church of Vietnam is going through now will increase, making people either trust God more or hate him more. May Vietnam be desperate for God! May Vietnam be made pure and zealous for your purposes through us!
May our persecuted brethren not be filled with worldly grief, but with the godly grief that leads to salvation. May the Vietnamese church never step back before any difficulties they face. May they hold onto their calling firmly. May they rise up with all the churches of Southeast Asia to make disciples of all nations, not bowing down before anything of the world! Amen!