(Open Doors USA) — “Pray with me that one day I’ll be able to go back to my hometown and testify to the people about my faith in the Lord.”
This is Vang Atu*’s prayer.
Vang Atu, a 28-year-old father to two kids, was the first Christian convert in his village in Vietnam (#18 on the World Watch List). He comes from the Hmong tribe and once worshipped different spirits asking for luck, wealth, good health and food; but when he surrendered his life to Jesus, he completely abandoned his animistic beliefs.
As a part of the body of Christ, Vang Atu evangelized to other villagers and saw at least four families come to follow Jesus. His house became their place of worship and fellowship. But one day in 2016, his house was destroyed by local authorities and villagers. He and his family were then forced to move out from their village in a northwest province in Vietnam.