Rachel has just arrived in Viet Nam and this week will stay in Ho Chi Minh City. Her two main focus will be some everyday neighborhood markets and also looking for young people and children in the city. Be sure to look at her photographs and read through her comments and follow along as she travels through Viet Nam this fall. You can stay on top of her travelogue directly from this link:
or just keep checking back on our site and you should see updates on the front page a couple times a week at least. You can also follow #rachelsjourney from several of our social media channels.
Each week on Tuesday we will also be posting some basic prayer requests “Journey Prayers” that reflect the areas where Rachel is traveling or what she is writing about. Please use these for your personal prayer time or share with your small groups or formal prayer times at church.
Journey Prayers – Week 1
Praying for the markets and children of Ho Chi Minh City
- Every neighborhood in the city will have usually one main market and numerous smaller ones where people purchase their daily needs. These markets are anchor points for those neighborhoods. Please pray for the Gospel to be shared and spread among the workers in neighborhood markets. Pray that churches will be started nearby to markets that can have an influence to all who pass through.
- Spiritual opposition runs strong in market areas. In addition to the fresh produce, meat or seafood, every market will also have one or more vendor selling idols, incense, altars or other components of ancestor and idol worship. Most market stalls will have idols in them which are prayed to seeking business success. Pray for the Gospel to penetrate this spiritually dark climate. Pray that persons of peace would be found in each neighborhood market who would receive the Gospel gladly and in turn share with the others around him.
- Later this week Rachel will post some pictures of children and young people. How can your heart not go out to these young ones so in need of the Gospel? More than half the population of Viet Nam is under the age of 30 and this can be clearly seen by the prevalence of young people in Ho Chi Minh City. Please pray for opportunities to share the Gospel and lead whole families to Christ. Pray that new Believers would be seen among the mothers and fathers of these children and that they would be discipled so as to in turn disciple their children.
Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14
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