The fields of Vietnam are ripe for a gospel harvest! Although only the 65th largest country in the world by area, this south China country has the 14th largest population – nearly 94 million people. Yet, only 1.8 percent of the Vietnamese know the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
For that reason, The Chapel has partnered with Pastor Minh Dang of the Vietnamese Church in Akron, along with the Evangelical Church of Vietnam, to plant new churches throughout North Vietnam. The first seeds of this effort have been sown through the establishment of five “love homes,” small Bible fellowships that meet in the houses of local pastoral leaders. The hope is that these fellowships will attract more and more people and eventually grow into thriving, Christ-following churches.
While all of the current love homes are located in the Thai Nguyen Province, only one is situated close to Thai Nguyen City. The remaining four homes are found in rural areas of the country, and residents are very open to the gospel there! Thirty to forty people meet in each rural love home – which actually is a small building attached to the houses of each church planter.
More than 85 percent of the Vietnam’s residents are Vietnamese. However, there are 50 other minority groups that reside in the country, as well. Though statistics show that nearly three-quarters of the population practice folk religion or are not religious, the Hmong people have been very open to the gospel. Another people group, however – the Tay people – have been quite closed. Less than one percent of this group profess belief in Jesus Christ.
One church planter has a deep desire to reach the Tay people. He and his family not only have built a love home among them, but they also have established a small convenience story right next to the home. Providing groceries and other items to their Tay neighbors has been a great outreach for this church planter and his family.
“This pastor wants to reach into (the Tay) people group by providing some of their humanitarian needs,” says Todd Schreiner, Outreach Pastor for The Chapel. “He hopes to build a bridge and share the love of Christ with them, and supporters of the Vietnam Global Outreach can support him in his great work!”
Another way that we can support these servants for Christ is through the donation of a bull to each of the pastoral families we serve. By raising and selling the cow or bull, the pastoral family not only can provide for its own needs, but also have enough money left to purchase and raise another cow or bull. This type of support allows The Chapel to take the first step with our Vietnamese missionaries, but gives them the charge and freedom to carry it forward.
You can hear additional updates about the growing Church in Vietnam when you attend the Very Special Purse Party V: Windows on the World. This fun, festive, faith-building event will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Guy’s Party Center in Akron. For ticket information, please contact Kathie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Linda R. Maynard © August 2018