By Rev. Scott Lumsden, EP
Greetings in Christ to you in this New Year. There is no greater hope to us than to know that as we begin a new year, the real beginning of all that we are and ever hope to be is found in Jesus Christ, "who is before all things" and in whom, "all things hold together."
By Dr. Binh Nguyen
& the Southeast Asia Ministry Team
Did you know that the Seattle Presbytery established the first Vietnamese Presbyterian Fellowship in Washington State? It happened in January 1999 at Brighton Presbyterian Church. This openness led the Seattle Presbytery to meaningful ministry in Vietnam, the country where US combat forces were involved for a decade. Just a few years after the founding of the fellowship, history was made again when, in October 2002, the Seattle Presbytery and the Worldwide Ministries of the PC(USA) recognized the establishment of the first Presbyterian churches in Vietnam.
With the guidance of the Seattle Presbytery, the ministry of Presbyterian churches in Vietnam has blossomed. The Seattle Presbytery has also helped the Presbyterian Church in Vietnam learn how to build healthy relationships with government authorities. The result is that the Vietnam Presbyterian Church has been given a permit to legally hold worship services at many different locations throughout the country.
The history of Indochina (during French colonization this was the name given to the region encompassing Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) shows that things happening in Vietnam have an effect on Cambodia and Laos as well. Therefore, this international ministry of the Seattle Presbytery has expanded beyond Vietnam to now include Cambodia and Laos. As opportunities arise, it is quite possible this ministry of the Seattle Presbytery could expand into other countries of Southeast Asia.
The Southeast Asia Ministry Team of the Seattle Presbytery invites and urges your congregation and missions committee to pray for these ministries, to give financially, and to consider participating in our upcoming trip to Southeast Asia.
For any questions related to the ministries or the trips, please contact the Southeast Asia Ministry Team of the Seattle Presbytery:
- Dr. Binh Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-965-0192
- Rev. Paul Kim at email@example.com
- Rev. Dale Sewall at firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless you and your church abundantly.