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Vietnam House Church Leaders Call for Urgent Prayer (http://www.christianpost.com)

House church leaders in Vietnam and a ministry to the persecuted church are requesting urgent prayer for Christians in the socialist nation as a new restrictive law on religion is due to take effect on Nov. 15 House church leaders in Vietnam are requesting urgent prayer for Christians in the socialist nation as a new restrictive law on religion is due to take effect on Nov. 15. The day will follow the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP), slated for Nov. 14. In a recent update received by Open Doors from a local contact, the source reported, “We were visited by a dear pastor from one of these house churches and he broke down in tears as the emotions of his deep concern for his people and leaders in Vietnam washed over him as he began to share.” “Please join us in praying for Vietnam,” the contact requested.
The proposed law on religion, which was issued on June 18, purportedly guarantees religious freedom in one of its articles but uses most of the remaining 40 for detailing a long series of complicated regulations to insure close state management of religious activity. In a recent statement regarding the new law, the Vietnam Evangelical Fellowship said: “It will create many problems and disadvantages for the church, especially for our gatherings for worship. At the same time, it is likely to permanently outlaw our house church organizations, none of which have been recognized since 1975. Many articles in this ordinance will also provide a legal basis for local authorities to hinder and persecute the church.”

Kenneth Chan