I did mentioned in the previous APAC Update about the success of the Vision trip in Thailand that was organized last May 1-6, 2017. The trip was in response to the vision of the World Association of Vietnamese Alliance Churches (WAVAC Canada) to reach out and plant a church among the Vietnamese in Thailand under the leadership of Rev. Cuong Do. Thus, the vision opened an opportunity for the Evangelical Church of Vietnam North (ECVN) and Thailand C&MA to partner and collaborate together in realizing the vision by sending a Vietnamese workers to work among the Vietnamese-Thai.
Moving forward to that goal, on June 26, 2017, the Thailand C&MA president and the Missions chairman, and I met with the leadership team of ECVN plus the missionary couple (the husband is Thai by citizen and the wife is Vietnamese) in Hanoi. The meeting was organized in two separate times. After which, we had a fellowship meeting just with the missionary couple for further conversation. Praise God for the positive outcome of the meetings. Both ECVN and Thailand C&MA were equally in agreement to support the project and the sending of the missionary couple. The proposed financial budget was presented at the second meeting with the monthly budget of U$
1,725.00 which is voted positively. The idea to come up with this amount is to divide it among the following potential partners: ECVN, AWF, WAVAC, and Thailand C&MA. A draft of memorandum of understanding was summarily discussed in the meeting which is subject to be reviewed in October.
God willing, the missionary couple will be commissioned in October during the ECVN General Council which is scheduled on the 17th-19th of the said month, and hoping in the early months of 2018 the couple will leave for Thailand. Please continue to pray for God’s continued guidance, provision, and smooth preparation for the success of the Lord’s project and above all for a stronger partnership and collaboration of our possible partners.
In the near future, we do look forward to give a seminar in the area of educating ECVN leaders towards practical and biblical aspects of doing Missions.
On the side line, Nancy was asked to give a whole day seminar solely for pastors’ wives on “Partners in Ministry” by the ECVN Alliance women’s president. The meeting was attended by 32 pastors’ wives from both ethnic Vietnamese and hill tribes. Praise God for the success and positive comments from the pastors’ wives. According to them, “it was the first of its kind!” Hope and pray to see more pastors’ wives in the region to study in this program.