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Vietnam Mennonite Church and torture followed. “The Mennonite
Six,” as they became known, have all since
been released, Pham reported. “Relatively,
approved by government they are healthy and serving the Lord with
much freedom, though some still have lin-
Legal status granted by country’s Religious Affairs Committee gering problems,” Pham stated in a recent
MC Canada release.
By Aaron Epp Following the 2004 arrests, Vietnamese
national correspondent Mennonites split into two groups, both
identifying themselves as the Vietnam
Mennonite Church. The group led by pas-
T he Vietnam Mennonite Church has
now met all requirements for full legal
status and the denomination organized its
Mennonites in custody in Vietnam; some
had been arrested for religious activities,
some for human rights advocacy.
tor Nguyen Quang Trung has now been
granted legal status.
Janzen said that MC Canada is “trying to
first official general assembly last month. Although the Mennonite Church has encourage the whole body of [Mennonite]
Held from Nov. 15-17 at a guest house and been present in Vietnam since the 1960s, churches” in Vietnam, both those that have
conference complex in the Binh Thanh political upheaval in 1975 brought wide- been recognized by the government and
District of Ho Chi Minh City, more than spread disruption to religious practices those that remain unrecognized.
200 participants, of whom 188 were dele- and persecution of Christians. MC Canada continues to support the
gates, represented 6,123 believers. Several church leaders were arrested and Mennonite Church in Vietnam with training
With full legal status from t