Initial reports of superstar motivational speaker and preacher, Nick Vujicic’s “Life Without Limbs” Vietnam tour with extremely positive. Marking what was thought to have been an unprecedented foreign national speaker-series, the tour held several sold-out events throughout Vietnam, at which Vujicic thought he was sharing the gospel with thousands of oppressed Vietnamese. Thought. In an anticipated display of oversight, Vietnam’s ruling communist party demanded in the terms of the tour agreement that all translators for the tour’s events be assigned Vujicic by the state. Not surprisingly, those translators, masters of the craft of propaganda, successfully managed to remove all references to God or religion in all of Vujicic’s addresses. Christians all across the world as well as within Vietnam continue to struggle against the state’s blatant hostility towards the spread of Christianity. Still to this day Christians across Vietnam are beaten, arbitrarily detained, tortured, and are even used as human mine sweeps for having expressed their faith.
06/01/2013 Vietnam (AsiaNews) – All over the world he is known for the strength with which he faces a severe form of disability, which deprived him from birth of his upper and lower limbs. A strength which is the fruit of the Christian faith, and that the 31 year old Australian-born Serbian Nick Vujicic never fails to speak of and to transmit at every public meeting all over the world. Except in Vietnam, where in a series of conferences held in recent days translators did not mention religion, or God, of how important the suffering and passion of Christ was in teaching him how to live and also deal with his own suffering.
The religious repression of Hanoi, and in particular with regards the Christian faith, has been exacerbated in recent months, with prison sentences for activists or ordinary faithful, seizure of property and land owned by the Church or Buddhist communities. However, Communist leaders and atheists fear the increasing spread of religion in the country and this pushes them to censor everyday testimony, and examples, such as that of the young Australian, who has attracted the attention of tens of thousands of Vietnamese from North to South .
The eldest of a Serbian Christian family, Nick was born in Melbourne December 4, 1982 with a rare genetic disease: he is limbless without arms or legs, except for two small feet, one of which with just two fingers. Over time it has been able to deal with the disability, suffering, becoming a witness with his meetings, and his appearances on television (he is an evangelical preacher) of a different way of dealing with problems.
His public meetings in Vietnam, in Saigon and Hanoi, saw the participation of over 20 thousand people at a time, especially young people, students, businessmen and other people (like him) with disabilities. Added to this are the millions of Vietnamese who watched on TV or internet sites. He spoke of his illness, redemption, the power that he derives from faith in Christ. However, a few days later it emerged that the translator regularly omitted any mention inherent to Christianity, God, replacing the terms with different words or deleting whole passages.