“I don’t have time to pray,” says Phuoc, who moved to Ho Chi Minh City from his hometown about 50 miles away. “It’s hard to live here – I am away from my family, my home – it’s so different here. So many people, so many motorbikes, and so much noise.”
Education is highly valued throughout Asia, but this is particularly true for Vietnam at the country’s current level of economic development. Higher education is commonly seen as the ‘ticket to success’ by families sending their son or daughter to the city for school.
Most of the some 750,000 college and university students in Ho Chi Minh City live very frugally with their families unable to provide much if any support. The oldest child will often come to the city and attend university. Later he will stay in the city working and supporting younger siblings as they also come to study. Almost no dormitory space is available for students, so most will rent a room with several other students as near to the campus as possible, working a part time job to pay their part of the rent.
Please pray for the students of Ho Chi Minh City with these requests:
—Pray for the students of Ho Chi Minh City that as they learn in school they will also learn the most important lesson in life – that God loves them and sent His Son to die for them that they might have eternal life!
—Pray for local Believers in Ho Chi Minh City to take notice of the students around them and reach out with the message of salvation.
—Pray for God to bring many students in the city to Christ, that they will grow as obedient disciples and form the basis of new churches reaching even more students.
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.