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Mission Projects in Vietnam
September 24, 2021

 Vietnam Goat Project

The Vietnam Goat Project, which is operated by Pastor Kim JeongTae, a Pioneer Mission Movement missionary in Vietnam, has been piloted for four Adventist families in Da Mur in Lam Dong Province. Of the 13,000 Adventists in Vietnam, about 80 percent live in rural and mountainous areas, and many of them live in poverty. Therefore, it is expected that the goat project will not only increase the income of the Adventist families, but also contribute to the increase in tithes and offerings. 

This project supports a pair of goats per household, worth about $213. When the first baby goat is born, it is dedicated to God. The second baby goat is owned by the family. Additional babies are dedicated to God then distributed to other families free of charge.

We ask for your prayers and support for the goat project in Vietnam. Your dedication could change the present and future of the Adventist Church in Vietnam. Of the donations planned for 100 families, as of June 2021, donations to support 45 families have been collected. Currently, there are many difficulties in carrying out the goat project due to the COVID-19 lockdown, but we continue the goat project, centered on Adventist churches in northern Vietnam, in consultation with the headquarters of the Vietnam Mission.

Lay Pioneer Church Minister Sponsorship Project

The Adventist Church in Vietnam spends more than 400 million won annually for the stipend of its ministers and missionary activities, but it has struggled with budget deficits. What's more, tithes and church offerings have plummeted due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it harder than ever. To help the Adventist Church in Vietnam, Bicycle Mission to the World in Korea and Korean Adventist Church members have been carrying out lay pioneer church ministry projects since June 2021. A total of 23 million won ($19,570 USD) was funded, and 24 lay pioneer church workers have benefited from this project. They serve in pioneering churches in northern Vietnam, which is the barren land of the gospel.

Dien Bien is one of the districts that most of the church workers have received stipends through this project. There are many Hmong people, a minority ethnic group in Vietnam, who live in Dien Bien, maintaining their own language and culture. The Adventist Church began in 2009 when Pastor Tran Cong Tan preached the Advent message to this area. In 2012, four house churches were planted.

The Hmong Adventist Church is growing rapidly every year through the dedication of Vu Va Ky, lay minister in the Dien Bien district, and the Hmong Adventist media channel, which is operated by Adventists in North America. As of June 2021, 1,788 adults and 568 children have attended worship services every Sabbath. 

The Hang Pu Xi Church, one of the Adventist churches in Dien Bien district where the Hmong mainly gather, was founded in 2015 by lay minister Mua Giong Ly. He became an Adventist in 2010 when he was introduced to the Adventist message by Pastor Vu Va Ky, who is a lay minister as well as his relative. 

In 2009, he and his wife suffered from a serious illness. They went to several hospitals, but couldn't find a solution. His friend led him to go to church and ask for prayer. He went to one of his relatives, Pastor Vu Va Ky, director of the Adventist churches in Dien Bien district. He and his wife visited Pastor Vu Va Ky every week to pray and study the Bible together. After living a life of Bible study and prayer for over a year, by the grace of God, the disease disappeared. 

With a better understanding of God, Mua Giong Ly threw away all traditional temples and idols that he had kept in his house. Then, along with his wife and eight children, he was baptized and became an Adventist. From 2010 to 2015, they attended Chua Ta B Adventist Church, which is located almost 7 kilometers away from their home. It was not easy for a family of 10 members to go to church every Sabbath together. To solve this problem, in 2015, a church was planted in Hang Pu Xi, where Mua Giong Ly lives. The Vietnam headquarters of the Adventist Church appointed Mua Giong Ly as the church director and lay minister to take responsibility for local missions.

Currently, 9 children and 13 adults gather for worship every Wednesday evening and Sabbath morning. On Sabbath afternoon, there is a Bible study and prayer meeting. To encourage the missionary activities of Hang Pu Xi Adventist Church, sound equipment was provided with the support of Adventist churches in Korea. We ask for your prayers and support for Hang Pu Xi Church.

News article by Kim JeongTae, PMM Missionary in Vietnam