WOMEN WHO FEAR GOD


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

WOMEN WHO FEAR GOD
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Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a
woman who fears the LORD is
to be praised. Honor her for all that her hands
have done, and let her works
bring her praise at the city gate. Proverbs
31:30-31

Evangelism is an important function of the church everywhere. But in communist
Vietnam, followers of Christ cannot openly share their
faith. Those who do are
often threatened or imprisoned. In response, Open
Doors developed several
programs to help. One was a women’s discipleship
program based on one-on-one
relationships. It is called Priscilla
Training.

A Vietnamese woman named Han says, “When I was young I went to
church. We were
a godly family. But I found the church very dull, very
boring. The Bible did
not speak to me. I knew some of the stories. And I
listened to our pastor each
week.

“One night when we were all asleep
the police came and took our pastor away.
They think if they take him away
the church will die. They want all churches
to die. They kept him in prison
for five years. It’s natural this happens. I
live in a communist
country.

“When the communists tried to kill my church, it challenged my
heart. I knew I
had to be strong. Before, I was just a church member. Now I
have to become a
serious follower of Jesus.

“I started reading my
Bible every day, and it became fresh to me. It spoke to
my heart. It was
very, very good feeling, and I liked it. It was good for my
life. I wanted
others to have God in their lives too.

“Attending a secret house church
is a risk. But it is a greater risk going to
a training class. And I decided
to take that risk. I went far away to receive
Priscilla Bible and leadership
training. I felt God calling me to be in
ministry. I want to teach other
women what I have learned. My first disciple
was named Tuyen.”

Tuyen
says, “My friend introduced me to a godly lady. Her name is Han. She
taught
me how to study better, know God better, and be a true disciple of
Jesus. I
reach out to people and tell them all the good news I have in my
heart, and
the good hope I have in me today.

“A neighbor told me that a lady, a new
follower of Jesus, wants to learn more
about him. She will be my first
disciple. I will teach her what I’ve learned
from Han.”

God has
equipped thousands of women through the Priscilla Training in Vietnam
and all
members of the church are thus able to help fulfill the function
of
evangelism.

In June 2011, Vietnam’s Evangelical Church celebrated
its centenary. The
government allowed the missionaries to Vietnam (who were
still living and able
to travel) to return for the celebrations. When they
left in 1975, there were
estimated to be 160,000 evangelical Christians in
the country. In 2011 they
found the church had grown to over 1.4 million.
That’s nearly 900 per cent
growth! During the centenary celebrations, Open
Doors was officially given an
award from the leaders of the Evangelical
Church for help in training given
through the difficult
years.

RESPONSE: Today I will honor women who fear God and share their
faith with
others in need of help.

PRAYER: Pray for more women in
Vietnam to be able to effectively share their
faith and train others.

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