Most people are surprised to find out that an event like The Global Leadership Summit is growing in places like Vietnam—a country some have called “a Godless nation.” But what we’ve seen in the relatively small community of Christians in Vietnam, are churches passionate about growing, hungry to bring the Gospel to their communities and transform their country.
Through the GLS and the support of generous donors, thousands of Christians are being trained and equipped in their leadership in Vietnam.
Here is just a small sampling of some of the impact the GLS is having in Vietnam:
“I used to be a policeman. I worked as a policeman for four years, and then did something wrong, so I had to find another field of work. But I became a rebel who did anything I could to protect myself, which included harming others. I also became addicted to drugs. It took 16 years for me to get clean. It was a miracle. Thanks to the unconditional love of God, I became a totally different person. No one believed that I could become a person who helps others, but I decided I wanted to help other drug addicts. I understand their pain and struggle, so I started overseeing a rehab center. As a leader for these people, I want to become a role model, and build into each one of them so they can become good men. Melinda Gates’ session at the GLS really inspired me in this endeavor. She helps millions of people who are less fortunate. She showed me that leadership is about influence, not power over people. Then Bill Hybels inspired me to leave a legacy. Because of the GLS, I’m opening up a church in my home, and I’m praying for wisdom, taking everything I learned from the GLS with sincerity and using it to fulfill this dream.” – Tran Thanh Ha, Bac Giang province, Vietnam
“I met God four years ago in Malaysia. When I returned to Vietnam, I got involved in a lot of activities in hopes of spreading the Word of God as much as I could. So I started forming small churches of 15 members. Attending the GLS has been so helpful. This year, Bill Hybels talked about legacy, and it’s changed my view of the future about building into the next generation. I want to build into these leaders, focusing on their strengths, so they can continue to develop these small churches in Vietnam.” – Hoang Khai Huyen, Ha Noi, Vietnam
“I was a drug addict for 20 years. I was in a gang, living on debt collection, and inciting terrible violence. In 2011, I was released from prison. Thanks to God’s grace, I met my current wife, and received help from my mother who introduced me to God’s love and grace. Under God’s guidance, I was able to escape both my physical and mental pain. God guided me out of darkness. I gave up opium, and found honorable work. I attended the GLS for the first time, and listened to Melinda Gates talk about true influence. In this modern time, it’s easy for the rich to find ways to get richer, but Melinda is different. She has a servant’s heart. She is humble, and cares about the suffering of others. Even though I’m not well off enough to do big things like Melinda, I want to help people in need in small ways. I started leading a group of drug addicts in hopes of sharing my experience with them, delivering hope that they too can overcome difficulties and start a new life. In the future, I’d like to expand to have more support groups like this.” – Do Van Nam, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Thank you for praying for and supporting the growth of the GLS in Vietnam!
To learn more about how the GLS came to be in Vietnam, watch this video.