Pe rsecution; poverty; close scrutiny by the Government; restriction on activities and the forced closure of churches. These are just some of the challenges faced by Christians today in Vietnam and Laos. Both nations are led by communist Governments, with Buddhism the majority religion. In Vietnam, despite the fact that the Communists closed half of the 600 church buildings that existed when they came into power, church growth has been significant and we are told there are around 1.5 million evangelical believers in the country today.
However, the other significant challenge for the church in these nations today is the huge shortage of Bible teaching and sound, well-translated material is much needed. It is therefore with great delight that this year we have seen DPM established in both Vietnam and Laos for the first time ever!
Two small teams in both nations are now translating Derek’s Bible teaching. So far, numerous Teaching Letters and the Self Study Bible Course have been printed in Vietnam, along with 20 Proclamation Cards printed for free distribution.
In Laos, much of the Bible teaching material used is being smuggled into the country due to the risks in printing. We are therefore working with our new Christian leader contacts there to find the best ways of making Derek’s Bible teaching available so it can be shared with many believers. The translators have begun with Proclamation Cards, which will be followed by Teaching Letters and books.
DPM’s challenge now is that we have very little finance available to fund this desperately needed Bible teaching in Vietnam and Laos. Could you please prayerfully consider partnering with us today by making a special gift to our work in these two nations, along with Cambodia?
The doors in S.E. Asia are now opening and we sense an urgency for equipping leaders with Derek’s teaching right now, before those doors close again.