ICC Note: The Christian Post reports the story of a Vietnamese man who was brutally attacked for his faith in 2016 by his own family and local villagers. Though beaten and banished from his hometown, he still vows to return to his village one day and share the Gospel with his oppressors. Vietnam ranked number 18 on the latest Open Doors’ World Watch List of countries where Christians face the most severe persecution. Converts to Christianity from Buddhist or ethnic-animist backgrounds face the strongest persecution from authorities, families, friends and neighbors.
02/12/2018 Vietnam (Christian Post) – A Vietnamese man, who was brutally beaten and banished from his village because he converted to Christianity, hopes to one day return and share the Gospel with his oppressors.
The Christian persecution advocacy organization Open Doors recently shared the story of Vang Atu, a 28-year-old father to two children. A practicing animist, Vang, along with the other members of his village in Vietnam, once worshiped different spirits asking for luck, wealth, good health and food.
After embracing Christianity in 2013, Vang completely abandoned his animistic beliefs and devoted himself to evangelizing other villagers. Before long, at least four families — including three members of his own family — began to follow Jesus. However, it wasn’t long before Vang began to experience backlash for his newfound faith.
“On April 17, 2016, me and other believers in my village were having a prayer gathering at my house,” he told Open Doors. “Later that day, the local authorities knew about it and prohibited us from worshiping together. The first time they went to my house they didn’t say anything. But an hour later, they came and told us to stop the worship or else they will destroy my house.”
Without warning, Vang was attacked by four villagers, led by one of his brothers.
“My brother took a club, it was about one and a half meters long, and used it to hit me on my arms,” Vang recalled. “I raised my arm to block it. Blood dripped all over me. Now, my arm is fractured. My arm’s bone cracked and then the other people started destroying my house.”
Threatening death, village leaders then forced Vang and his family to move out from their village.
“If I continue to live there, something will happen to me,” he said. “With what they said, I decided I must move to Central Vietnam.”
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