When nearly two dozen pastors travel almost 700 miles to invite another pastor to preach in their country, it’s no small thing.
These pastors were praying for something big—something only God could orchestrate.
Last November, 22 pastors from Hanoi, Vietnam, attended the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Crusade in Myanmar (formerly Burma). More than 170,000 people attended the three-day Yangon Festival, and more than 7,600 indicated decisions for Jesus Christ.
It was Myanmar’s first evangelistic Crusade organized with the participation of all the country’s Christian denominations.
Praying for a move of God in their own country, the Vietnamese pastors stepped out in faith and invited Franklin Graham to hold a Crusade in Vietnam.
The evangelist was moved by the pastors’ boldness for Christ and their heart to win lost people to God. He accepted their invitation and will hold a Festival in Hanoi later this year.
Vietnam is one of the few remaining communist nations in the world. And though the Asian nation officially allows freedom of religion, its churches and their activities are regulated and closely monitored.
It wasn’t always that way.
Long before the arrival of communism, Christianity had strong roots in Vietnam. Today, less than 10 percent of Vietnamese people identify as Christians.
A small yet mighty group, Vietnamese Christians are excited for this evangelistic outreach—the first of its kind in their country. Local teams of believers are working to engage churches across the region to take part in this winter’s Festival.
And they’re still praying. A lot.
The 22 pastors on this journey of faith, along with many other men and women of God, are trusting God to change hearts in Hanoi.
Just as they witnessed Him do nearly 700 miles west last November.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” —Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV
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