The conquest of Vietnam by France began in 1858 and was completed by 1884. It became part of French Indochina in 1887. Vietnam declared independence after World War II, but France continued to rule until its 1954 defeat by Communist forces under Ho Chi MINH. Under the Geneva Accords of 1954, Vietnam was divided into the Communist North and anti-Communist South. US economic and military aid to South Vietnam grew through the 1960s in an attempt to bolster the government, but US armed forces were withdrawn following a cease-fire agreement in 1973. Two years later, North Vietnamese forces overran the South reuniting the country under Communist rule. Despite the return of peace, for over a decade the country experienced little economic growth because of conservative leadership policies, the persecution and mass exodus of individuals - many of them successful South Vietnamese merchants - and growing international isolation. However, since the enactment of Vietnam's "doi moi" (renovation) policy in 1986, Vietnamese authorities have committed to increased economic liberalization and enacted structural reforms needed to modernize the economy and to produce more competitive, export-driven industries. The country continues to experience small-scale protests from various groups, the vast majority connected to land-use issues and the lack of equitable mechanisms for resolving disputes. Various ethnic minorities, such as the Montagnards of the Central Highlands and the Khmer Krom in the southern delta region, have also held protests. In January 2008, Vietnam assumed a nonpermanent seat on the UN Security Council for the 2008-09 term. (CIA)

1. Many pastors are aging, so younger pastors and ministers with an education in theology need to be trained.

2. Drug addiction, child exploitation and the spreading of AIDS are rampant in society, and the rate of abortion is the highest in the world.

3. Media ministries are in need of Christian films to assist in evangelism of Vietnamese youth.


1. The Vietnamese government remains as one of the worst in persecution of Christians. As the churches become more established, the authorities are more committed to eradicating them. Meetings arranged in unregistered churches are being dispersed and the leaders are imprisoned. Pray that Christians will not compromise their beliefs and are able to stand firm in their faith towards God in times of persecution.

2. Pray that Communists can open up their eyes to the lies of this unethical system used.

3. Pray for an immediate end of the corruption in Vietnam.