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The Church in Vietnam under Attack
August 10, 2009
Earlier this year, Christian Aid reported that Christians were suffering abuse in Vietnam. It has been especially prevalent in rural areas where the persecutors avoid scrutiny from the outside world. In one remote area, various acts of violence include the destruction of homes and tortures have been going on for the last five years. Although these reports are often sporadic, they are continual. When the Communist government was criticized for this, they denied any kind of restrictions or harsh treatment of Christians.
Pastor Humiliated in Public Denunciation "Trial"
However, Christian Aid just received another disturbing report from Pastor Mai Hong Sanh of the Vietnam Good News Mission Church: "On July 31, 2009 at 8:00 A.M., I was summoned to a Public Denunciation Trial organized by town authorities. There were about 120 government employees in attendance, and a large number of policemen who guarded the building throughout the proceedings. I was being publicly denounced for:"
- Building a house and an addition to it on agricultural land;
- Operating a religious training facility without permission;
- Causing religious and social division;
- Violating Article 3 of the regulations relating to security and superstition.
"The town authorities had previously arranged for three members of another local Protestant church to testify against me. These members gave statements saying I drew them away from their church and caused disunity. They also accused me of violating public security, seizing their property and land, and for preaching heresy.
"Next, they (the town authorities) read aloud a letter purportedly written by another Protestant church who spoke very negatively about me. The plaintiffs were never asked to produce evidence for these allegations. Further, they did not allow me to defend my position, and all my objections were suppressed," Pastor Sanh reported.
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; Philippians 1:29 KJV
"In sum, I was found guilty. They charged me personally, and humiliated our church as well," he lamented. Pastor Sanh was sentenced to three months of what is euphemistically referred to as "re-education."
In Vietnam, "re-education" could mean anything from brainwashing to dehumanization.
This is a time when fervent prayer is needed for these indigenous pastors, missionaries and believers. Pray especially for their steadfastness and the Lord’s intervention for the church in Vietnam.