For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? Mark 8:36
This week I’ve been really keyed in to the workers and vendors I am seeing throughout this city (Saigon). Earlier I posted some pictures from the Cholon market area and later this week I’ll have a few more pictures of workers and vendors. Please join us in praying this week with these prayer prompts:
Journey Prayers – Week 2
Praying for the Chinese of Ho Chi Minh City and also for the Vietnamese vendors and workers
- Chinese traders began migrating to the area that is now Ho Chi Minh City hundreds of years ago. Today there are close to one million ethnic Chinese in the city. Most are 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants. While they will speak Vietnamese and usually Mandarin Chinese, their heart language tends to be one of the southern Chinese dialects. Estimates are that as few as 2,000 Believers exist among this huge population. Please pray that the Gospel would be spread among the ethnic Chinese of Ho Chi Minh City. As immigrants most of these Chinese hold on very tightly to cultural and spiritual traditions. Others are focused on solely on materialism. Pray that God would break down the significant spiritual strongholds oppressing this diaspora population.
- Pray that Cantonese speaking Believers from the U.S. or from Hong Kong would come to serve in Ho Chi Minh City to spread the Gospel among this unreached population. Pray for new partners among those that will already speak the heart language of most ethnic Chinese in HCMC and have a vision for evangelism, discipleship and church planting.
- Pray for the workers and vendors of Ho Chi Minh City, particularly those unskilled workers, small entrepreneurs and street vendors. The work is hard and for many it is all that consumes them from the time they wake until they lay down at night. Such subsistence living can make it difficult to entertain ideas of anything else including the Gospel. Pray for effective evangelism and discipleship among this working population that would spread throughout the city.
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