90 minutes away from arrest
After a wonderful breakfast at our quaint hotel in downtown Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), Vietnam – we waited and waited for our host. Never having given us reason to be concerned, our host (whom shall remain nameless) was now over an hour late. Multiple attempts to locate him through text message proved unsuccessful. Finally, with a look of grave concern he emerged through the doorway of our hotel. With a quiet but resolute voice his greeting to us was,
“We must PRAY!”
Nodding our heads in consent, we asked what was going on.
Our dear brother, colleague and host looked deep in our eyes and said,
“The police came early and all the tribal leaders were arrested.”
He then went on and said that the police don’t typically come so early in the morning, but often wait until at least 10:00am for maximum impact. We all realized that had the police raided the event at 10:00am or later, ALL of us, would have been arrested. Subsequently, we would have been deported and never allowed to return.
With understanding of the gravity of the situation we did in fact begin to pray.
As we sat in the lobby of our hotel we did not bow our heads to pray, we did not hold hands in a circle – but like we do in so many volatile locations – we prayed with our heads up and eyes open so as to appear like we are in regular conversation. This time though, we prayed with a bit more earnest. Despite the situation, we maintained great peace and calm through this “storm” that had come our way. We continued in this posture of prayer for about 10 minutes. While our petition to the Father continued much beyond that, it was time for our host to go to the police station and see what could be done to free those who had been arrested. He, like us, was not there at the “venue” when the police showed up.
Off and on for the next 36-40 hours he worked, prayed, and conversed with the police. By God’s grace, and a payment of “bail,” the men and women were released. Unfortunately, many of them were forced to return to their villages and forego the training they had so eagerly awaited. About 30 of the 80+ leaders remained after their release to attend the training moved to another location.
Although the event was smaller and shorter than we anticipated, it was a wonderful success! The remaining leaders were truly equipped to begin Joshua Nations Bible Training Centers (BTCs) in their villages and areas of influence.
TRAINING BUSINESS LEADERS to start DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS
While we were in Vietnam our team had the wonderful opportunity to work with a network of business leaders who wanted to start Joshua Nations BTC’s within their businesses. This being an entirely separate group of leaders they were totally unaffected by the situation surrounding our village leaders. Our friends from this network met us in the USA last October. They were extremely enthusiastic about working with us and readily took our curriculum home and began a translation of the material from English to Vietnamese. Approximately 90 days later I received an email from our new friend (business man). He had translated our Year 1 Curriculum and sent it back to us. Additionally, he did all of this at no cost to Joshua Nations.
Yes, he did it for FREE!
It was our honor and privilege to work with this brother and about 50 other business leaders to launch discipleship groups in numerous businesses in Vietnam. Not only are we thrilled about people maturing in the faith, but they are using our materials to do so! Joshua Nations has been positioned to make a tremendous impact in the nation of Vietnam from the poorest tribe to influential business people.
It is our joy to serve the nations so that ALL may hear and know Jesus. It does not come without a price. Please continue to lift up those who suffer for the sake of Christ. Please also keep our teams in prayer, as many of them venture into difficult and precarious places for the work of the Gospel.Support Projects Like This