Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh (45), a missionary pastor in Gia Lai Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, suffers both physical and psychological abuse in a Vietnamese prison because of his ‘illegal’ (Lutheran) faith and religious liberty advocacy.
Arrested numerous times since 2003, he was eventually sentenced in July 2012 to 11 years in prison for ‘undermining national unity.’
As if this were not enough, his wife, Tran Thi Hong, suffers endless persecution which she laments is becoming ‘intolerable.’ Police interrogated Tran Thi Hong on 11, 12 and 13 May. Violence is a routine part of the process.
On 13 May, as Mrs Hong was being beaten, her 18-year-old son tried to intervene to save her, only to be grabbed and violently choked by police, who then had him bound and arrested. He was released later that day.
Source: Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin
- Pray Pastor Nguyen will be strengthened and upheld by the Lord; pray for his release. In the meantime, pray he will be used by the Lord to bring words of eternal life to others in prison.
- Pray Mrs Hong and her son will not despair; may the Lord minister to them in their weakness and suffering and give them His peace.
- Ask God to enable those in authority in Vietnam to act justly, with compassion. Pray their hearts and minds will be softened as they witness the conduct and attitudes of those they interrogate.