Pray for Vietnam

Learn about and pray for Vietnam in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Vietnam’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

WEEK 1

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Prayercast

Pray along with a local believer for their nation.

WEEK 2

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Operation World

Pray through Operation World's country profile.

WEEK 3

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World Watch List

Pray through the country's persecution profile.

WEEKS 4-13

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People Groups

Pray for the country's 10 largest unreached people groups.

Introduction

Vietnam is a resilient nation shaped by  its history and diverse culture. Emerging from a turbulent past, it’s experiencing economic growth, though facing challenges.

The Geneva Accords divided the country, leading to decades of conflict until reunification under communism in 1975. In 1986, economic reforms brought significant change, making Vietnam one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. However, challenges like corruption and HIV/AIDS emerged.

Religious freedom is constitutionally guaranteed, but registration regulations and persecution affect many churches. Buddhism is prominent, and ancestor worship is widespread. Despite these challenges, the Vietnamese Church is growing, adapting to the changing economic and social landscape.

Read on to learn how you can pray for Vietnam.

 

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Fast Facts

Capital City: Hanoi

Population: 98 million (76% unreached)

People Groups: 119

Unreached People Groups: 68

Frontier People Groups: 16

10/40 Window: Yes

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Major People Groups: 82% Vietnamese

Major Religions: Buddhism 51%, Non-Religious 21%, Ethnic Religions 11%, Christianity 10%

Language: Vietnamese

GDP Per Capita: $8,200

Literacy Rate: 96%

Did you know? Vietnam is famous for its delicious pho, a traditional noodle soup, often enjoyed for breakfast.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Vietnam

Vietnam has almost 100 million people and 119 people groups. It’s largest people group, the Kinh Vietnamese makes up 82 million of the population and is “minimally reached” at 9.4% Christian, but only 1.4% evangelical.

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Vietnam:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Tay Ethnic 1,874,000
2. Muong Ethnic 1,475,000
3. Khmer Buddhism 1,340,000
4. Nung Ethnic 1,100,000
5. Tai Dam Ethnic 848,000
6. Zuojiang Zhuang Ethnic 430,000
7. Tai Don Ethnic 340,000
8. Kim Mun Ethnic 215,000
9. San Diu Ethnic 186,000
10. Tai Daeng Ethnic 170,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Vietnam is ranked #35 on the 2024 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

The Communist government monitors Christian activity and exercises a high level of pressure on all Christians.

Believers who gather in house churches are closely monitored and face discrimination from government and society. Converts from a Buddhist or ethnic-Animist background face the most severe persecution, not only from the authorities, but also from families, friends and neighbors. They are sometimes forced to leave their villages. Yet their numbers are reported to be growing.

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Pray for Vietnam

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