District 5 – People Who Traveled From China
Points of Prayer
- District 5 is the center of the Chinese population in the city. The total Chinese population in the city is between 800,000 and 1 million with estimates of as few as 2,000 Believers. Pray for the salvation of the Chinese in HCMC.
- Numerous hospitals are located in this district – pray for healing of bodies and salvation of those impacted by injury and illness.
- Pray for the students of the Medical University and Natural Sciences University among students of other schools in this district.
- Pray for the people trapped by the spiritual strongholds represented by Chùa Ôn Lăng, Chùa Ông Bổn, Hội Quán Quỳnh Phủ, Hội Quán Tam Sơn, Hội Quán Tuệ Thành, Miếu Từ Đức, Nghĩa An Hội Quán, and Thánh Thất Sài Gòn.
District 5 has been a part of Cho Lon (big market) or Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City since Chinese immigrants moved and settled into Saigon. The Cho Lon area includes District 5, District 6, and part of District 10 and District 11.
Though Vietnamese is spoken throughout, Cantonese or Mandarin is also found in homes and many businesses of this district. Imports from Asia make their way to Cho Lon and are distributed to smaller markets throughout the city.
An old Saigon saying is, “Eat in District 5, live in District 3 and find entertainment in District 1.”
Many educational institutions such as: Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted, Vietnam National University – University of Science, and Saigon University are found in District 5.
Between the large and small markets of District 5 are miles of streets, narrow lanes, and twisted alleyways. Herbal medicine streets, Chinese lanterns, ceramic shops, and dumpling houses are found in the pathways of District 5.
With temples and pagodas dating back to the 1700’s and boasting more temples than any other district of the city, this district is in need of prayer. Idols and incense within these temples offer little hope to those seeking prayers for help.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.