Mixed Messages in Vietnam amid COVID-19

Following prior anti-church hype, communist government reacts responsibly to outbreak at Bible school.

(Morning Star News) – When several students at the Evangelical Church of Vietnam South’s (ECVN-S) Institute of Bible and Theology in Ho Chi Minh City developed coughs and fevers on July 20, church authorities immediately called the government health department. In rapid tests, some 290 of the 306 students and staff on the campus in […]

Criminal Investigation of Church in Vietnam over COVID-19 Confirmed

Official urges media to make corrections of misleading statements.

(Morning Star News) – The threat of investigating a church for possible criminal activity in the spread of COVID-19 in Vietnam was confirmed in a letter on Friday (June 18) from officials to a recently formed house-church alliance, sources said. In the letter of reply to the Vietnam Evangelical Alliance, made up of 40 house-church […]

Evangelicals Take Brunt of COVID-19 Collateral Damage in Vietnam

Christians fear lasting effects of vilification of REM church.

(Morning Star News) – The vilification of the Revival Ekklesia Mission church in Vietnam has somewhat quieted, but its linking of evangelicals with COVID-19 is feared to have done long-lasting damage. State media, government agencies and the public in social media all reviled the church following the positive COVID-19 tests of two members of the […]

COVID-19 Leads to Prosecution of House-Church Group in Vietnam

Organization’s registration suspended.

(Morning Star News) – A house-church organization in Vietnam is facing government prosecution and community hate due to COVID-19, sources said. A couple who attended the meeting place of the Revival Ekklesia Mission (REM), an independent, charismatic house-church organization headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, went to the Gia Dinh General Hospital on May 26 […]

Vietnam Denies Permission for ECVN(S) to Hold Clergy Assembly

Country’s largest evangelical body forced to ‘postpone’ conference.

(Morning Star News) – The government of Vietnam has denied the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (South) permission to hold its scheduled bi-annual Clergy Assembly, according to the Bureau of Religious Affairs. After the ECVN(S) announced on Nov. 25 that it was “postponing” the assembly scheduled for Feb. 1-3, 2021 because the government had denied permission, […]

Christian Rights Activists in Vietnam Charged with Serious ‘Crimes’

Officials accuse advocates of seeking to 'overthrow' government.

(Morning Star News) – After 19 long months of investigative detention following his Dec. 16, 2015 arrest, renowned human rights attorney Nguyen Van Dai was finally charged with a crime on July 30. Vietnamese authorities charged Dai, 35-year-old legal associate Le Thu Ha and four other human rights activists, including Pastor Nguyen Trung Ton, 45, […]

Persecuted Rights Advocates in Vietnam Seek Help from World’s Democracies

Beatings, prison also constitute an attack on liberty.

(Morning Star News) – In 2006, the U.S. State Department removed Vietnam from its list of Countries of Particular Concern, citing the release of religious prisoners and the easing of religious restrictions. Two months later, the United States granted Vietnam permanent normal trade status, paving the way for Vietnam to join the World Trade Organization […]

‘Accident’ Kills Evangelical Pastor, New Christian in Vietnam

Wife of pastor, church elder critically injured.

VINH, Vietnam (Morning Star News) – On the evening of May 5, pastor Dang Ba Nham, his wife, and a church elder were praying on a roadside with a woman who had recently converted to Christianity in this city on the north central coast of Vietnam. They stood in front of the property of the new […]

Five Months of Attacks on Mennonite Church in Vietnam Prompt SOS

Christians harassed at center, homes and workplaces.

  (Morning Star News) – Police in Vietnam on Wednesday (Nov. 12) employed thugs wielding hammers and metal cutters to ransack a church center and drag away nine Christians, who were then charged with not having proper papers – documents officials had confiscated from them in previous raids. The toughs – accompanied this time, inexplicably, […]

Christians in Vietnam Church Center Beaten, Locked Up in Massive Raid

Authorities show brazen disregard for law, religious rights.

(Morning Star News) – Blaring police loudspeakers awoke Bible school students at a Mennonite church center in southern Vietnam at about 11 p.m. the night of June 9, a prelude to a night of violence and detention that would seriously injure 20 people. Police called for the owner of the compound in Binh Duong Province […]