A brother in the Lord who ministers the Gospel in Vietnam reached out to me a while ago. The ministry website is God’s Sovereignty in Vietnam (GSiV). We had a Q & A exchange and this is the result. Praise the Lord for His faithful ministers. May you be blessed and encouraged.
Q & A: God’s Sovereignty in Vietnam
1. What is God’s Sovereignty in Vietnam?
We want to be a resource for nurturing God-centered Christians and churches related to the Vietnamese people. GSiV has a mixture of info in Vietnamese and in English, even though it’s geared mostly for Vietnamese Christians in Vietnam. It’s a site where Vietnamese Christians can enjoy God’s supremacy.
2. How did GSiV begin?
I suppose it began as our prayer request for Christ to make his sovereign riches known in Vietnam. Then the idea occurred that the Lord might use a website to serve as a connecting point for Vietnamese, or those who love the Vietnamese people, who are also interested in the doctrines of grace. We could say it began out of our desire to see more Christ-centered believers and churches in Vietnam. (One day here on earth or perhaps in heaven, we would love to discover that we were also an answer to someone else’s prayer who had been asking God to do this for a long time.)
3. What is the current state of the Church in Vietnam?
It sort of depends. At one level there are healthy things going on–some discipleship, some evangelism, some expository Bible preaching. At another level there’s many churches locked into a very Western way of doing ministry which has them trapped in traditions that aren’t actually derived from the Bible. Also the ‘prosperity gospel’ influences a large percentage of confessing Protestants. On another note, some churches seem to be very Arminian, or worse, Pelagian. Many are undefined at this point in their theology so it leads to bad practice. Quite a few sermons and gospel presentations call the sinner to open his heart to Christ but perhaps never stress God’s work in a sinner’s heart to open it so the dead man can repent and believe. Positively, some evangelicals seek to spread the gospel so the lost will come to Christ.
4. Give some examples of evangelistic encounters.
The Vietnamese people are very easy to talk with. They are hospitable and open to discuss spiritual issues with someone they just met. Many know nothing more about Jesus than that his mother was Mary. We recall one man we talked with in the last few months. We said “Hi,” and immediately we started to chat. Before long we shared the gospel. He said that he used to know some things about the God of the Bible but then drifted far from that. He thought our encounter that day was God telling him to repent. To my knowledge he still hasn’t repented and believed, but we’ve met with him a few times since then, and the Lord very well may be opening his eyes.
5. What are some goals that GSiV has for the future?
We have to be a bit vague here. But we would like to connect with more Christians interested in Vietnam and the doctrines of grace. We particularly want to connect with reformed Baptists. We pray the Lord will save many of his sheep in Vietnam and then bless them with a robust but humble theology that sees him as sovereign in all things, especially in salvation. And that they carry the gospel to the nations.
6. What are some specific things we can pray for regarding GSiV?
Please pray for more contacts with nationals who have a heart for God’s glory to flourish in Vietnam. Pray that solid Christians in Vietnam wouldn’t move to other countries looking for an easier life. Pray for more unity among evangelicals. Pray that in the next few years God will save many and raise up numerous healthy reformed churches that reproduce for the name of Christ. We hope the Lord will provide some sort of a reformed prayer network. And we’re open to some bloggers (English or Vietnamese) at GSiV. We hope people will link to us and pass the link on to their friends even if they’re not Vietnamese.