“I don’t have time to pray,” said Tan. “Besides, when I live here, I am unable to worship, because I must be in the same place as my ancestors. Now my family who still lives at my home where my ancestors are buried must pray for me.”
For a large segment of the 10 million people living in Ho Chi Minh City, it is an overwhelming entity that never feels like home. They don’t like or dislike the city. The city is reality. They must work in the factories that provide an income and support beyond what they could ever hope for in their home province.
With every paycheck they send money back home to parents, spouses or children who have remained in the countryside. If they have had a good year they will also get to travel back home to visit their family once a year at the traditional lunar new year festival. But the remainder of the year they live disconnected from loved ones, often laboring to produce luxury items they will never themselves be able to afford.
Pray with us for the factory workers of HCMC:
—Pray for the Gospel to spread like wildfire among the masses of workers in factories throughout Ho Chi Minh City. Pray that they will find the true hope in life through Jesus Christ.
—Pray that new churches will be started among factory workers that will multiply into many other segments of the city and into the home provinces of the workers.
—Pray that Tan and the majority of people in Ho Chi Minh City will be given sight to see that help does not come from the spirits of dead ancestors but from the Creator God.
Each day from October 1 to October 10 we will be publishing one of the 10 Faces of Ho Chi Minh City with prompts to pray as we lead up to our 10/10 Day of Prayer for the city.