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#1 pentapower

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 08:44 AM

A church in Vietnam, namely Phu Phong Evangelical Church, is currently persecuted by the communist government. The church originally owned more than 1000 square metres of land, then was confiscated in 1975. Last week, they suddenly by force coerced the church to give the land, by using police, guards and even hooligans, without any prior announcement while the church has proved to have legal possession of the current land. The police even assaulted many believers although they peacefully opposed the confiscation.

 

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Please pray for the church to ask for God's mercy. His will be done.

 

Thank you all of you for your prayer. God bless you all.

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:46 AM

pentapower,

 

I will be praying for your church and your people. Keep us informed and stay strong.

 

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 01:46 PM

Praying!



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 07:48 AM

As a Vietnam-era veteran myself, I'm interested and will be praying for your people. I'll give a couple of thoughts-yes, Paul is referring to  Asia Minor  in these verses but as a Vietnam-era veteran I use it in context in the war in Southeast Asia. These verses are meant to help us bear, pray for, and comfort each other: Something I'm either not actually seeing and/or observing or it's actually missing...

 

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,[a] about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He 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, 11 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.

 

https://www.biblegat...r 1&version=NIV

 

Here are some CMA archival references that go back decades like early 20th century and the Vietnam war, CMA was right in the thick of it even during 1968 Tet offensive...

http://www.cmallianc...ives/indo-china

http://www.cmallianc.../challenge-laos

 

Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession
The Legacy of Prayer and Spiritual Warfare of an Intercessor by Richard Maton

http://www.byfaith.c...torebooks11.htm

 

"Behind Enemy Lines" by Chuck Dean is another book resource.

 

Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand: Voice of the Martyrs ministry

http://torturedforchrist.com/writings/


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B?  & C?
 


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Posted 23 May 2016 - 03:00 PM

My husband and I are former C&MA missionaries to VN and our hearts break every time we hear of the pressures put on the church by the present government--pressure and persecution both great and small.  We grieve with the  people of this church and pray that the government can be persuaded to stop harassing this congregation and allow it to continue to worship our Lord in their own building.  I'm particularly frustrated, to be honest, that the President of the US has just been in Viet Nam and is busily working out arrangements for more cooperation, but at the same time is blind and deaf to the reality of persecution against believers.  Oh Father, we ask you to  bring justice to these, your people and give them peace--for your glory.

 


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 01:28 AM

Hi everyone,

 

Thank you for all your prayer. More info can be found at: http://httlvn.org/?d...=detail&id=6370

 

God Bless You.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 07:51 AM

Pentapower, it would help a very great deal if you could put some English captions or explanations of what is happening in the pictures. We can't understand what is happening. It appears that the government has taken the land on one side of the church to build something else. That is wrong, of course! But are they also taking over the present church building for their own use? And what is the area on the other side of the church building--the paved area? Does that also belong to the Phu Phong church? We continue to pray with you for God's protection and for great, GREAT wisdom for your leaders and for all our brothers and sisters.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 07:44 PM

Hi Marjorie Cline,

The whole story is that the church possessed over 1000 square metres of land (the green line) since before 1975, then was confiscated of nearly all. Now the church has only 100 square metres (the red line). The State used the land next to the church (the blue line) to store rubbish, annoying the church. Now the State also wants to take up the rest, meaning the current land that the church is now on to build the town's garden, even though the land belongs to the church and the church has enough legal documents.

The land of the chuch includes all the area behind the gate.

By the way, that is not my church but one in the central of Vietnam. Please pray for them.

Blessings.

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Posted 11 August 2016 - 09:11 AM

Any more updates now? Try to visualize how Jesus would act in the face of such a situation and emulate that. I am praying. God bless.



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Posted 11 August 2016 - 01:28 PM

Yes, Pentapower.  Would you please send us some updates about the church that was being persecuted (the one you sent pictures for) and about the state of the relationship between the church and the government--esp. the Religious Affairs Department.  Is the situation different between cities and country churches and between the north and the south?  We care about you and ask God to somehow deliver the HTTL  from such evil as has been shown to the Phu Phong church.



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Posted 09 September 2016 - 05:59 PM

Praying for God's perfect will for His children. BE strengthened encouraged & assured Gods people are victorious through Christ. I ask Him to meet every need & increase faith among you all. May God help us all to continue & to hold you up in prayer .....

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 02:15 AM

Hi everyone,

 

This is the last update on the matter. The church was confiscated by the local government after all. Let's pray for the believers there.

 

BUT! Do you know what happens?

 

Binh Dinh province (the province where the Church was in) is suffering a "historic flood". Here are some sources of news for your reference.

 

http://tuoitre.vn/ti...lu/1238110.html

http://baotintuc.vn/...18103915081.htm

http://congan.com.vn...nuoc_30993.html

 

Let's pray for the people there. Their mind is blind, their lives are destitute and their hearts are hardened. Yet, they are extremely hostile to the Way of God and very superstitious.

 

May God Bless You all.



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:10 PM

Praying.