Vietnam

Persecution Update, August 2017: Vietnam

(Photo from www.uscirf.gov)

(Photo from www.uscirf.gov)

Vietnam is one of five remaining Communist nations—China, Cuba, Laos, and North Korea are the others—and it ranks among the Top 20 countries for persecution of Christians. The minority Christians, who are less than 10% of the population, are increasingly oppressed and attacked for following Jesus. House churches are raided by government officials, and pastors are often jailed. In 2011 Nguyen Cong Chinh, a 50-year-old Lutheran pastor, was charged with “undermining national solidarity” because of his work with tribal groups in the Central Highlands and was given an 11-year sentence. In prison Pastor Chinh has been beaten, his Bible has been confiscated, and he has been kept in isolation. Furthermore, authorities have contaminated his food and denied him needed medical treatment. His wife—and mother of five—has also been interrogated and beaten. Please pray that God would give special grace to Pastor Chinh and his family as they follow Christ in the pathway of suffering.

 

Persecution Update, March 2015: Vietnam

Vietnam is one of the last five nations with a Communist government and ranks #16 among the countries that persecute Christians. The minority Christian population numbers less than 10% of the population, and there have been increasing attacks on them. Christians have great difficulty in obtaining the mandated government registration for their churches. In addition, church buildings have been demolished by government officials, and pastors have been jailed.

In 2007 Nguyen Van Dai, a 46-year-old evangelical church leader and human rights lawyer who had defended many persecuted Christians, was arrested on false charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison, plus four years of house arrest. Nguyen Van Dai’s sentence for house arrest is finally set to expire next month, but he was recently assaulted at his apartment and there have been threats to burn it down. When he reported the incident to the authorities, nothing was done. Threats and intimidation are common tools used against minority Christians, who are targeted for their faith in Christ. Please pray that God will be glorified, and also for special grace for Nguyen Van Dai as he follows Christ in the pathway of suffering.