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Nguyen Van Dai - Photo: His Facebook page
Photo: Facebook / Nguyen Van Dai

Christian attorney and human rights activist Nguyen Van Dai has faced persecution several times over the years because of his defence of human rights. Arrested in March 2007 for "propagandizing against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam," he received a sentence of five years in prison, followed by four years of house arrest. Although he had been released from prison in March 2011 after serving four years, he was still required to serve the following four years of house arrest. For more details, click here.

Unfortunately, Nguyen got arrested again in December 2015; this time, he was charged with attempting to overthrow the state. On April 5th, 2018, the sentence required 15 years of imprisonment, which was to be followed by five years of house arrest. However, he was unexpectedly released this June 7th, along with colleague Le Thu Hua, on the condition that they immediately leave the country. The two released prisoners, joined by Nguyen's wife Vu Minh Khanh, have been flown to Germany.

Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thu Hua were members of The Brotherhood for Democracy -- along with Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, whom we reported on last week.

Pray for the recently exiled believers as they adjust to a new culture and language in Germany. Continue to pray for other prisoners of faith who are still enduring imprisonment in Vietnam.

Current Ministry Project

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.

Project Fund: Underground Church

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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