The Viet-Kinh People of Vietnam - Radical

The Viet-Kinh People of Vietnam

Vietnam has 74 unique people groups with their own languages and cultures. Of these 74, only 3 are considered to be reached with the gospel, and 23 of them are still unengaged, unreached people groups. This post highlights the majority people, the Viet-Kinh. Read about the Viet-Kinh and take time to pray for this people group to turn to Jesus Christ.

Viet-Kinh People Group

The Viet-Kinh people group is the largest group in Vietnam, making up 86 percent of the population. There are  many Christian resources in the Vietnamese language. But people still consider them as unreached with the gospel. Only about 1.2 percent of the over 78 million Viet-Kinh are followers of Christ.

They are all over Vietnam. But they are concentrated most in the deltas, midlands, and coastlands. Many are city dwellers of the large urban areas like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Education and literacy rates are very high among Viet-Kinh people, with over 80 percent of people with at least a high school education. Because agriculture is the prevailing industry in Vietnam, many Viet-Kinh are farmers or work in agriculture-related jobs. However, with the growing factory industry, they also have a large population of factory workers. On average, a typical Viet-Kinh person would make about $150 per month.

Many are followers of Buddhism, but like many other Vietnamese people, the main religious practice for Viet-Kinh people is ancestor worship.

Though this group is still considered unreached, there are ongoing efforts to reach this peoples group with the gospel.

How to Pray for this Peoples Group

    • Pray for God to open up their hearts to hear and receive the gospel.
    • Also, pray for the young believers who face persecution from their families for their decision to follow Jesus and break away from ancestor worship.
    • Ask for spiritual growth and maturity for Viet-Kinh believers and churches.
    • Pray that the Viet-Kinh will have a vision to take the gospel to the minority groups in Vietnam.

Harper McKay is a global worker in Southeast Asia who has served as a guest contributor for Radical covering missions and work among the unreached.


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