The population of Vietnam is 94 million. One of the few Communist nations in the 21stCentury, Vietnam faces many challenges. The effects of war are still evident and drug addiction, AIDS, prostitution, and exploitation of children are all too common.
45% of the Vietnamese adhere to indigenous religions, 16% to Buddhism, and 8% to Christianity. However, the deepest spiritual allegiance in Vietnam is the veneration and worship of ancestors that runs deeply and across most religious practices. The Vietnamese government rejects allegations that it does not allow religious freedom. The state's official position on religion is that all citizens are free to their belief, and that all religions are equal before the law. Nevertheless, only government-approved religious organizations are allowed.
Vietnam is a ripe harvest field. The work in Vietnam is high integrity and is focus on doing exactly what we set out to do from the very beginning: share the gospel and plant churches. Hieu Nguyen, our field coordinator, has been with Dr. Manny to interview 200 potential workers. After hiring the first 50 and deploying them in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Saigon, we saw little progress. Hieu asked for permission to dismiss 35 of the workers.
The next round of interviews brought another 200. This time we hired only those who had experience and who agreed to be examined by their results. We also challenged 75 of them to lead people to Christ and grow a cell group in our "challenge program" to be considered for service in the future.
We are back to the 150 church plants in our first year and we are growing the next crop of church planters.
The need of the hour in Vietnam is to sponsor the next 75 church planters who will be entrusted with planting another 220 churches throughout Vietnam. Each church planter can be funded for $80 per month while planting an average of three churches each.
NOTE: The above is a video produced by National Geographic. We have included this video because we have still not produced a video about our ministry in Vietnam. Though we have no affiliation with National Geographic, it gives a brief introduction of what it is like in Vietnam and what they face.