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Evangelism in Today’s Vietnam

November 25, 2018

Vietnamese women, Author Bernard Gagnon (GNU Free Documentation License, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic, and 1.0 Generic)

“Every weekend, Linh and her husband travel five hours by motorcycle to take the gospel to a village…known as a ‘Communist hero village’… [once] home to …soldiers who died fighting against the United States in the Vietnam War.  The villagers take great pride in the fallen heroes from their community and deeply treasure the communist way of life…

In country where most of the population practices ancestor worship, the veneration of those who fought and died for communism is considered a sacred duty.  The fallen heroes are viewed by some to be guardian spirits of the village, and their memory is invoked to promote nationalism and communist pride…

Linh’s family has…ties to communism.  Her father was a loyal Communist Party member and colonel in the Vietnamese military.  But when he and Linh’s mother became followers of Jesus, the military kicked him out…

On weekends, Linh goes house to house…sharing the gospel with everyone, male or female, young or old.  She works to establish and build relationships with them, understanding that she is not selling something but rather sharing Someone — Jesus Christ…

Since 2007, when Linh started visiting the village, more than 300 people …have accepted Jesus.

‘Before, nobody in that village accepted the Lord,’ Linh said.  ‘…That is why God moved me to go there.  Even though I was scared, I saw many lost people there so I knew I must sacrifice myself to preach the gospel.’

…Linh varies the times and days of her visits so authorities won’t know when to expect her.  She does her best to avoid villagers who oppose her and report her to the authorities, but she remains kind and loving when confronted.

‘Through persecution my faith in the Lord has become stronger,’ she said…”

-Excerpt from “Sharing Jesus in the Land of Fallen Heroes”, The Voice of the Martyrs Magazine, November 2018

From → Christian, Faith, Religion

11 Comments
  1. That’s very encouraging to hear thanks for posting it Anna

  2. Anna, as I read the title of your blog article I knew I had to read it. As you know I was involved in that war over there for three years. I was blessed in my heart as I read Linh’s story. It was not hard to see the similarities between the Vietnamese honoring and even worshiping their fallen soldiers and what we do here in America as well. There is no healing of our hearts by doing this. In fact they might even become MORE hardened instead. Linh and her family have the answer. Giving her simple testimony of how Christ change her is what we all need to hear and be moved by that we might be spiritually healed. It was the simple testimony of lives changed by Father’s love that led to me being changed by Him putting in me a NEW heart after I returned from that war that finally gave me peace.

    A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.” (Ezek 36:26-28, ASV)

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Your brother IN Him ❤
    Michael

  3. I love this Anna. Time and again it has been proven that the most effective missionaries are those from the people’s same area. While I am grateful for those missionaries from America who have sacrificed so much to reach different people groups, how much more could be accomplished for the Lord if instead of sending foreigners to the mission field we supplied native peoples with whatever they needed to do the work?

    • I thought it was a great story. I agree that the Bible and Gospel tracts in native languages are essential tools.

  4. Linh is my hero! Yes, faith grows stronger when believers are persecuted – and the Gospel spreads like wildfire.

  5. Beautiful testimony Anna!
    Thank you for sharing.
    I pray the Lord will protect Linh and provide her strength.
    When I started reading Look What God Is Doing, by Dick Eastman.. I could not put it down.
    Their desire to share the Gospel against so many odds is inspiring..

    • Thank you, Mary. I found Linh’s story inspiring, too. I’ll have to look for the book you recommend!

  6. Clearly, Linh is the real hero of the village. An inspiring story indeed, Anna.

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