Three Christians seriously injured during a savage attack near Hanoi on Nov. 13 have been evacuated to an undisclosed hospital in Ho Chi Minh City after several hospitals in the region refused to examine and treat them. The attack on a church leaders’ worship service of an Agape Baptist Church (ABC) house church in Lai Tao village, Bot Xuyen commune, My Duc district, left one woman, evangelist Nguyen Thi Lan, with her pelvis broken in two places and with badly damaged internal organs, according to doctors who recommended emergency surgery. Yet previously doctors at three area hospitals had told her and two other seriously injured Christians that they were fine and dismissed them, said Pastor Nguyen Cong Thanh, head of the ABC. When doctors in Vietnam learn that religious motives play a role in violence, commonly they do not dare to treat or even examine the victims of persecution. Nguyen Thi Lan is a recently retired Communist Party official who converted to Christianity only last year. Within that short time she had led some 50 people to the Christian faith, angering a fellow villager identified only by his given name, Khoan. Khoan and his son led a gang into her house and beat several people, leaving pastor Nguyen Danh Chau unconscious and destroying property, sources said. Doctors diagnosed internal injuries to the kidneys, liver and perhaps other organs of Nguyen Danh Chau and admitted him for hospital treatment. Nguyen Thi Tac, who had been hit with a steel shovel on her chest and stomach as well as her back, was also still in considerable pain but was not admitted for hospital treatment. “I pray that you will patiently endure your suffering for Jesus’ sake without bitterness,” Nguyen Cong Thanh told the victims. “Know that the blood you spilled is now joined with Christ’s blood in suffering.”
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