Vietnam: Engaging Ethnic Minorities


This project aims to reach out to ethnic minority groups in Vietnam who have a small percentage of believers, by distributing illustrated stories of Jesus, the book of Mark (translated into their heart languages) and Bible study guides for pre-believers and new believers, also in their own languages.


Christians from ethnic minorities are often subjected to severe persecution. These marginalised Christians need encouragement, as they face daily challenges imposed by their circumstances.

The people speak their indigenous languages but are not familiar with reading the Bible printed in their own language; the education system only teaches Vietnamese, and there are no books in the minority languages. Now that Scripture translation is underway in these ethnic minority languages, there is a great need to meet the peoples’ immediate need: to help them engage with God’s word in their own language.


  • Vietnam ranks at 19 on Open Door’s 2022 World Watch List for Christian persecution (ranking just after Iraq, Syria, China and Qatar, for example, with Afghanistan and North Korea at numbers 1 and 2)
  • 9.2% of the population are Christians, 9.15 million people

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