By Aaron Willett, SeaPres Communications
Pastor Thinh Duong was installed on June 5th, 2011 at Vietnamese Brighton Presbyterian Church. We took the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his calling, his family and his hopes for his new congregation.
How did you hear God calling you to serve at Vietnamese Brighton Presbyterian Church?
God had called me to serve Him and His people when I was a young man. Wherever I am, if there is a need, I am willing to serve. So when I got the invitation from this church, we set up the time to fast and pray. Then my wife and I came in to see what the Lord want us to do. Being right in the church we saw His people here who have been hurting and not trusting, but they still wanted and expected a pastor to come help. When we came, the Lord confirmed within us with His peace and joy in our hearts. So I accepted the invitation.
What were you doing before receiving this call to serve the Vietnamese community here in Seattle?
We moved to California about 6 months before we came up here. So I just went here and there to preach as a moving preacher, and to see where the Lord fit us in.
Tell us a bit about your family. How are your children adjusting to the move?
I thank God for my family. My wife and children are always with me in the ministry. I believe when God called me, in some way, God called my family as well. That is why my family said good-bye to my in-laws even though it was tearful. The night before we left, my wife and my daughter couldn’t sleep the whole night, because they felt so sad. But, when we came here, we felt the real peace. Right there in the first service, we felt connected with God and His people here. My wife is helping me in the teaching of the Word, and my daughter fit right in with the praise and worship team as a pianist. They enjoy the church, and people in our church are happy with them too. Praise the Lord!
How can the Presbytery be praying for you in your new ministry?
1. Strong leadership team to be built, overcoming the mistrust and resentful attitudes.
2. The anointing of God on the worship, preaching and teaching of the Word every time we gather.
3. Becoming an evangelizing force for the Lord within the community.
4. Be blessed financially so we can do our ministries.5. For our family, as we continue to get settled in a new community.