"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found"  (Psalm 32:6)

Praying for the Persecuted Church
CHRISTIAN VIETNAMESE TRIBE PERSECUTED BY COMMUNISTS #1

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, "Come, ye blessed of my Father...for I was in prison, and ye came unto me... Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me..." (Mt 25:34-46).

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body (Heb 13:3).

For decades, Vietnam Communists have been warring against the Montagnards, or mountain people, a tribe in Vietnam's central highlands. U.S. troops sometimes referred to them as "America's most loyal allies in Vietnam." The communist government's repressive campaign against the Montagnards has intensified in the past few years after a massive conversion to Christianity swept through their villages. Recent reports detail instances in which Vietnamese authorities have forced Christian tribesmen to drink pigs' blood and to renounce Jesus as Lord.

Thousands of Montagnards staged demonstrations at government facilities last year to protest their lack of religious freedom and the government's confiscation of tribal lands and possessions. Many fled to U.N. refugee camps in Cambodia to escape further persecution. But in late January the United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR), Cambodia and Vietnam reached a joint agreement that will bring pressure upon the Montagnards to return to Vietnam. The Montagnards had no say in the decision.

March 2, scores of the Montagnards were forcibly repatriated to Vietnam by Cambodian authorities. Many believe if the American and international communities do not deal with this act of forceful repatriation, thousands remaining in Cambodia will face a very bleak future. (For more information on the Montagnards, see www.montagnards.org.)

Please Join Us in Persevering Prayer:

--Heavenly Father, COMFORT, STRENGTHEN & ENCOURAGE the Montagnards. Be their ADVOCATE. Allow their lands and possessions to be RETURNED to them (Job 16:16-21; Ps 91:all; 82:all; 126:all; 1 Cor 15:57-58; 1 Jn 2:1-2, 5:4).

--AWAKEN the American Church to PRAY! Help us pray for the persecuted Church and other oppressed peoples. In Jesus' Name, Amen (Mt 25:31-46; Heb 13:3).


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