THE BACKSTORY THAT SETS THE STAGE
By 1995, the church in Vietnam had survived underground for two decades under the yoke of Communism. At Christmas that year, lay Vietnamese Christians used a colorful 32 page booklet about Jesus to evangelize and disciple children in the villages. In two months, sharing with just two to three kids at a time, 1,534 children prayed to receive Christ. They were told they were new creations, children of God, and they needed to do God’s work and tell others about Jesus.
So, they told their friends. More children came to Christ. Then, they told their parents. They came to Christ. Then, more children, more adults.
Over and over, this grew. Soon, the first church was born in that village. Then that model was replicated throughout the country. Soon a network of 10 churches had been formed. And then another 10. And then another 10.
Today, this landmark church planting movement has led to over 1,000 churches organizing themselves as the second largest denomination in Vietnam and the only denomination begun by Vietnamese nationals.