Vietnam Grace Evangelical Baptist Church convenes third congress

Thursday, 2016-11-10 12:11:08
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The 2nd congress of the Vietnam Grace Evangelical Baptist Church. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO/VNA—About 100 Baptist pastors and laypeople from 22 cities and provinces nationwide are gathering in Ho Chi Minh City for the third congress of the Vietnam Grace Evangelical Baptist Church, which kicked off on November 9.

Addressing the event, Deputy Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Tran Tan Hung said that activities of the Baptist Church during the previous period had significantly contributed to the nation’s poverty reduction programmes and charitable and humanitarian works, and to the national defence and construction as well.

The Vietnam Grace Evangelical Baptist Church was established in November 1962 in HCMC and recognised by the Government as a religious organisation in 2008.

During the last period, it worked hard to stabilise its organisational structure and to direct its adherents to abide by laws of the State, becoming an integral part of the bloc of great national unity.

The two-day congress will review the church's operations during the 2012-2016 period, elect a new Executive Board for the third tenure and adopt a working plan for 2017-2020.