Vietnamese Officials Destroy Two New Church Buildings
Religion TodayReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2012 Jun 29
Officials in Vietnam's Muong Cha district, Dien Bien Province, destroyed two new church buildings of ethnic minority Hmong Christians this month and threatened to tear down a third, Compass Direct News reports. The Ho He Church, erected in April by the unregistered Vietnam Good News Mission, was demolished on June 17, and the Phan Ho Church of the registered Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) was destroyed on June 13. The church threatened with demolition, The Cong Church, also belongs to the Vietnam Good News Mission. These congregations of 500 to 600 people, which began as house churches, had long outgrown even the largest home, so the Hmong had sacrificed and worked to erect wooden worship buildings. As local police, paramilitary forces and other authorities descended on the church buildings by the dozens, the Christians could only watch with deep sadness and frustration as the houses of worship were reduced to rubble and government promises about religious freedom were once again broken. The Hmong Christians, which number around 400,000, remain under heavy government suspicion and are regularly harassed and persecuted.