The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Vietnam received official recognition in October, granting the church in the Southeast Asian nation legal status to operate, church officials said.
RECOGNITION: The last Adventist out of Saigon, Le Cong Giao, center, initiates the Communion service marking the government’s recognition of the Adventist denomination in Vietnam. About 130 delegates met in Ho Chi Minh City October 22 to 24 to approve the denomination’s reorganized Vietnamese Mission.“This is a dream come true for our members,” said Khoi Tran, stewardship director for the church’s Vietnamese Mission, who visited the church’s world headquarters near Washington, D.C., United States, on October 29.
HEADQUARTERS: Delegates arrive at the Phu Nhuan Adventist Church in Ho Chi Minh City for the Vietnamese Mission constituency meeting.“We have prayed and applied for church recognition for 33 years,” Khoi said. “Now we’ll be able to freely publish and distribute literature, and build new churches.”