District 11 – People Trusting in the Past
Points of Prayer
- This is the most densely populated district in the city with rows and rows of traditional houses packed through most of the area. Pray for the families living in those houses to be presented mature in Christ – that they might hear, repent, believe, and grow as faithful disciples.
- Pray for new opportunities to initiate evangelism and church planting among the blue collar populations of the city.
- Pray for the people trapped by the spiritual strongholds represented by Chùa Khánh Vân Nam Viện, Chùa Linh Quang Tự, Chùa Nam Phổ Đà, Chùa Phụng Sơn, and Đình Minh Phụng.
Bordering to the north of Chinatown Districts 5 and 6, District 11 boasts a population of 41% Vietnamese of Chinese descent. The culture of the Chinese community in District 11 plays a big part in the locals’ daily life. Like other districts in the area, there is no sign to welcome you to Chinatown, however, you can easily recognize it by the Chinese characters on signs and banners.
It is popularly known for its water park and encompassing sports stadium and center where groups of young people can be found. At night, the streets in District 11 are crowded and full of those living in the district and those coming to the district. An authentic, local, lifestyle of going out for dinner in open-air restaurants or shopping along the street, District 11 has everyone meeting up with one another.
District 11 needs our prayers as spiritual strongholds fool Vietnamese in trusting man-made idols. Hidden down several winding alleys and flanked by tombs towards the entrance, a 170-plus year-old pagoda hosts some 100 carved idols. How the heart of God must be saddened by gods that fail to offer help for the people of District 11.
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
2 Chronicles 7:14-15