Vietnam – Christian Denomination Awarded official recognition

The Vietnamese government has awarded official recognition to the Assemblies of God, which, for the past 20 years, was an illegal Christian denomination. The director of Ho Chi Minh City’s Committee for Religious and Ethnic Affairs said, “Before the recognition it was an illegal religious organisation and we had warned them for their violations.” However, the church had never been punished because Vietnamese laws were unclear on how they should be treated. It is expected that it could take up to a year before the organisation’s status becomes fully legal. The Vietnam Law on Religion, which was passed in 2007, required all denominations to apply to the Committee on Religious Affairs to obtain legal recognition. The Assemblies of God has been active in Vietnam since 1989, with over 40,000 members. Without recognition under the 2007 law, Christian groups would have difficulty building churches or organising religious gatherings. • Praise the Lord for this piece of good news in Vietnam. Pray that the authorities will be prompt in progressing the paperwork to make the church fully legal. • Pray for a complete end to the persecution of Christians in Vietnam.

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