HA NOI ()— President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan yesterday pledged to continue creating favourable conditions for the Evangelical Church of Viet Nam (North).
Speaking at a working session with the church, the VFF president, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister, praised the church's efforts, urging the church to continue encouraging its people to make contributions to building Viet Nam.
Nhan was optimistic of the forthcoming 34th General Assembly of the Church, scheduled to take place in Ha Noi on October 2, with the participation of around 500 delegates.
Pastor Nguyen Huu Mac, Head of the Evangelical Church of Viet Nam (North), said the church currently had 950 smaller organisations with around 150,000 followers and 155 pastors in 27 localities.
The church recently set up the School of Bible and Theology in Ha Noi, with the first course commencing this month with 25 students attending, he said.
As a member of the VFF, the church has actively participated in initiatives spearheaded by the organisation, including projects to support the poor and build new rural areas.
During 2008-12, the church raised more than VND4 billion (US$190,500) for charity, he added. — VNS