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Nguyen Van Dai
Lawyer for the "Mennonite Six"
After a four-hour trial on May 11, Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Chong Nhan, two Christian Lawyers facing accusations relating to their defense of religious freedom (click here for more information), were convicted of "propagandizing against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam." According to a May 16 report from Compass Direct, Dai received a sentence of five years in prison and four years of house arrest. Nhan was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of house arrest. Both of them are expected to appeal to the People's Supreme Court, which is the last court of appeal in Vietnam.

In the weeks leading up to the trial, the state media made several accusations against the lawyers, including allegations that they compiled "evidence of Vietnam's suppression of the Protestant religion" and cooperated with terrorists in their efforts to promote human rights. These and other accusations were posted on the Vietnam News Agency website one day prior to the trial date.

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VOMC is helping to provide solid Biblical teaching and training uniquely suited to the needs of a specific tribal group as an opportunity to equip Vietnam’s persecuted church so they can stand firm in their faith and reach out to others in their communities with the powerful message of the Gospel.

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Country Information

Population
102,789,598 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kinh [Viet] (85.3), Tay (1.9), Thai (1.9), Muong (1.5), Khmer (1.5), Mong (1.4), Nung (1.1), Hoa (1), others (5.5)

Religion (%)
Catholic (6.1), Buddhist (7.9), Protestant (1), Other (0.8) none (86.3%)

Leader
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (2021)

Government type
Communist state

Legal system
Civil law system

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Vietnam

We can thank the Lord for the tremendous witnessing efforts and steadfast faith demonstrated by the persecuted Christians of Vietnam. May they not be intimidated by governmental stipulations but rather encouraged to stand firm on the promises of God – relying on Him for the wisdom, diplomacy and favour required to deal appropriately with the authorities. Pray for radical changes to take place in the hearts of the country’s leaders, especially those who are responsible for implementing and administering Vietnam's laws, so that the work of the Gospel will continue to thrive.

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