More Than 60 Church Leaders Remain Locked Up in Communist Vietnam
In July, International Christian Concern (ICC) received a tragically long list from a well-placed contact in Vietnam. The list contained the names of 63 Christian pastors and church leaders who remain locked up in deplorable conditions in four prison camps around the country. The prison sentences received by each are staggeringly long, ranging from five to 18 years.
Conditions in the prison camps are extremely difficult. According to an ICC source close to some of the prisoners, inmates subjected to hard labor for up to 14 hours a day during periods of high demand, working on a diet limited to small portions of mixed rice and corn. Disease is rampant, medical treatment is limited, and violence against prisoners is not unheard of. At least one of the prisoners on the list obtained by ICC has reportedly been beaten so badly "his mind no longer works."
Oh boy...those poor, poor people. I can't imagine actually being them, right now and at this very moment suffering physically as they are. I hope we all start and keep praying for these people. I have it so good here that I lose sight of what many are up against elsewhere.