World news – Vietnam: house church leaders attacked

A gang of men attacked leaders of a Baptist house church network near Hanoi on November 13, leaving one pastor unconscious and seriously injuring several others, including women and teenage children.

Leaders of the Agape Baptist Church were participating in a spiritual renewal meeting at the home of pastor Nguyen Danh Chau in Lai Tao village, Bot Xuyen commune, My Duc district, when the gang attacked. Beating people and smashing property, the gang seriously injured more than a dozen and warned Nguyen Danh Chau that they would kill him if he continued gathering Christians.

The denomination’s top leader, Nguyen Cong Thanh, said on November 15 that he had met with the injured. ‘All they could do was weep, and I also could not prevent my tears from flowing’, he said. ‘Why do they gratuitously beat servants of the Lord like this – what crime have they committed, what enemies have they made?’

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