Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang, who is a prominent church leader, was holding a pastors’ retreat and summer school for ethnic minority Christians at his school in My Phuoc, Binh Duong province, when several hundred people, including police, other officials and ‘hired hands’ broke down the gate on Monday night.
The building was pelted with rocks, damaging its roof, and its gate and doors were torn off.
The crowd then stormed the building, attacking pastors and students and ransacking the interior. Release contacts report that 20 pastors and students were ‘brutally beaten’ in the two-hour raid. Pastor Quang suffered injuries to his head and chest and was left with broken teeth. The injured were reportedly barred from seeking medical help.
Pastor Quang, a human rights lawyer, and five other leaders in his church became known as the ‘Mennonite Six’ when they were imprisoned for ‘resisting officers of the law’ in 2004. In 2010, officials bulldozed his home and a Bible college he ran in Ho Chi Minh City, beating him unconscious.
(Source: Release contacts)
- Pray that God will restore to full health all those injured in the attack.
- Thank God for the overcoming faith of Pastor Quang; pray that his example will inspire others to follow Christ and to persevere in their faith.