NEW PRAYER BULLETIN: VIETNAM: BUFFALO MAN
|December 10, 2014|
A week after leading 40 people to Christ, Pao and the 40 Christian converts
were attacked by a large group of police officers and village guards during a
worship service. On July 13, the group was worshiping in one of the believers'
homes in northern Vietnam, when officers broke into the meeting. One man hit
Pao, injuring his face. The officers and guards destroyed the home with
hammers and crowbars, and told the homeowner that they would throw him in
prison if he continued hosting worship services. Pao has been imprisoned
repeatedly for his evangelistic outreach. During one two-year imprisonment,
he was given the nickname "The Buffalo Man" after being forced to walk on all
fours like a water buffalo as part of his torture. Although he knows he risks
being imprisoned and tortured again, he continues to evangelize to Hmong
Photo: Pao, an evangelist, has been arrested and tortured many times before
because of his evangelism.
Pray for Pao's continued work amongst tribal people. He has been imprisoned and tortured in the past, and authorities
continue to try to stop him from sharing the gospel to tribal people in Vietnam. Pray also that the new Hmong Christians will
continue to meet and remain steadfast in their faith in spite of the hostility from local authorities as well as their own family
and friends. VOM contacts say new believers face the most persecution from government officials.
"For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you
take it patiently, this is commendable before God." 1 Peter 2:20
VOM helps provide travel expenses for prisoners' family members in Vietnam to visit them and bring them funds, medicine,
clothing and food. VOM also supports men and women like Pao, who are sharing the gospel on the front-lines.