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Vietnam Massacre of Hmong Christians; Pastors "Beheaded"

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By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News Chief International Correspondent

HANOI, VIETNAM (Worthy News)-- Vietnamese security forces beheaded pastors and shot to death "many" other Hmong Christians who gathered to await Christ's return after a false prophecy by an American preacher, according to a leading advocacy group's leader.

James Jacob Prasch, executive director of Moriel Ministries (MM), said Thursday, July 14, that the massacre was the horrific aftermath of shortwave broadcasts by Harold Camping of California-based Family Radio.

Camping, 89, claimed that Jesus Christ would return to Earth to "rapture" his followers to heaven on May 21 as mankind had run out of time.

Following the broadcasts, some 7,000 Hmong Christians attempted to gather "on a mountain praising God" in late April and early May, but instead found "police and military police" who slaughtered "many of them at gunpoint beheading two pastors," Prasch told supporters in an electronic message to supporters obtained by Worthy News.

International rights activists had suggested that dozens of Hmong Christians may have been killed, but Prasch suggested the real figure may be higher. "I am told by Hmong pastors that so many were shot dead that they were buried in mass graves bulldozed over," he added. Others were reportedly detained.

"SABOTAGE FORCES"

Vietnamese officials in Dien Bien province have accused 'sabotage forces' of stoking secessionist demands, and denied reports of a massacre.

A spokeswoman from the Foreign Ministry said 'extremists' had been detained but did not say how many or whether anyone had been killed or injured. Foreign media and diplomats have been banned from visiting the area.

Dien Bien is one of Vietnam's poorest provinces in the remote and mountainous area bordering Laos and China, where there have been widespread reports of a government crackdown on Christian Hmongs.

Across the border in Laos, Laotian and Vietnamese troops killed four Hmong Christian women after confiscating their Bible, a US rights group said in April.

"SUMMARILY EXECUTED"

The Center for Public Policy Analysis (CPPA) said the unarmed highland Hmong women were “summarily executed” in northeastern Xieng Khouang province by soldiers from a special 150-member unit of the Lao People’s Army (LPA) led by Vietnamese secret police and military advisers.

The government troops confiscated the group’s only Bible, “brutally and repeatedly raped” at least two of the younger women before shooting them at point blank range with automatic weapons in the head and torso, it added.

Laos and Vietnam have close military ties in the mountainous region.

In Vietnam's Dien Bien province's the 170,000 Hmong represent about one-third of its population. The Hmong make up just over 1 per cent of the wider Vietnamese population, but many reportedly earn as little as 100 dollars a year, less than a tenth of the average annual income.

LONG HISTORY

Christians say there is a long history of mistrust between the government and many ethnic hilltribe groups, collectively known as Montagnards, as many of them were allied with the U.S. troops during the Vietnam War.

Prasch said he was outraged that American preacher Camping misused their situation to make false prophecies, giving them false hopes that their promised land was imminent.

"Due to a combination of poverty, ignorance, and persecution these poor Christians don’t understand much so they believed Camping’s shortwave broadcast," added Prasch. "This is a persecuted church who just had no means to know any different. This is why I get angry at those who deceive the Body of Christ and why I warn so much about false teachers and false prophets."

There was no comment from Family Radio. (With additional reporting by Worthy News's Eric Leijenaar)

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7 thoughts on “Vietnam Massacre of Hmong Christians; Pastors "Beheaded"

    • George Whitten said: "It's sad to see something horrific happen due to a prophecy that didn't come to pass!"

      this is known as "false prophecy" - in Bible days (OT) Harold Camping would have been stoned to death. Now we pretend and say he just made a mistake. His next false prophecy is October 21?

  1. After reading the devastatiing massacre of our Hmong Christian Brothers and sisters, in Vietnam we at Tent of Repentance in Western Australia, weep between the porches, pray and intercede, that the Lord our most High God, who is all knowing, all loving, all powerful, will raise our family up on the day of His assumed visitation. That by the grace of God, He wrote to us in love, that we can forgive those who transgress, we can forgive those who trespassed against our family, we can forgive those who beheaded, and forgive those who raped, and forgive those who murdered, each and every christian family member, that their perpetrators are in deed our perpetrators, where we can execute the judgement written, we have today, chained up the word Persecution, locked up the words Kill, Steal, & Destroy, Bound up the principalities of Horse & Rider, Shackled Death, with fetters of iron, over the lives of our missionary families and evangelisits, and pastors for a season and a time like our persecuted families may bear fruit, fruit that will remain, John 15:16  That this word and message will reach the remotest plains, fields, valleys and mountains to every island and continent  With the love of the Lord in our hearts, going out to all families and churches who have missionary blood, missionary offices, whether spirit sent or not, we admonish and greatly encourage you one and all, let us all endure reverently in Christ Jesus, in Messiah Yeshua altogether because He is worthy to be PRAISED!!!!!!!!   1 Peter 2:4-5   1 Peter 2:9-10  2 Peter 1:11   

  2. I think you don't know the truth.  Someone just lied to you and you believed them.  How poor your report?  If you don't know the truth don,t just to get news to report the wrong message.  These Hmong people were political issue, not believe issue.  This is the real action in Northwest of Dien Bien province on May 2011.  

    • Hey, you are right!  I know some Hmong people call themselves "Cao Fa" in St. Paul Minnesota support these Vietnam Hmong to protect the VN government and that they will turn over northern Laos and VN and slao southern CN to be Hmong country.  This is the reall issue in Dien Bien province last May 2011.

      Soobtub Thoj

  3. A message to US Hmong Mssionaries
    Please tell our Hmong American Christian missionairies to stop introducing christianity to our brothers and sisters that are still in communist countries.  We are killing our own people by doing so.  These so call Hmong American missionaries are nothing but trouble makers.  If you really love your hmong people, please stop converting these poor people for your personal gains ... Where is all these Hmong pastors when the Vietnamese government officers started killing our Hmong followers last year?  Did these pastors stayed with the Hmong prostesters to the end?  I didn't think so.  I bet these Hmong ameican pastors were probably enjoyed their first class one way ticket back to the states... didn't care a bit about who or what they did or left behind.   We already been abandoned by the CIA during Vietnam War 1975.  We don't need to put our Hmong people through the same faith.  
    THank you. from a True Hmong brother - MN

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