The day had barely begun in Southeast Texas on May 30, 1962, but already it was evening in South Vietnam. Chaos reigned at the Ban Me Thuot Leprosarium, where Houston physician Ardel Vietti served as a missionary. Shrieking a gospel of terror, ransacking buildings, and waving bayonets in the faces of missionaries and patients, about a dozen armed men dressed in black invaded the leprosarium at dusk.
Two hours passed like an eternity as darkness descended. The invaders delivered a stern and chilling lecture to the missionaries standing helpless in the dark. "You have betrayed the Vietnamese people! You deserve to die!" They destroyed Bibles and hymnals, and gathered up anything that might be of use.
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