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Protestants meet at City assembly

Update: November, 13/2013 - 09:22

During the four-day meeting, delegates will review the organisation's performance during its third tenure from 2009-2013 and elect an executive board for the fourth tenure.— Photo hoithanhtinlanhvietnam.org

HCM CITY (VNS) — The General Confederation of the Evangelical Churches of Viet Nam (South) convened its fourth General Assembly in HCM City yesterday, with nearly 2,000 pastors, dignitaries and Protestants from southern provinces in attendance.

During the four-day meeting, delegates will review the organisation's performance during its third tenure from 2009-2013 and elect an executive board for the fourth tenure.

The event was also held in preparation for the upcoming unification between General Confederation of the Evangelical Churches of Viet Nam (South) and the Evangelical Church of Viet Nam (North).

The General Confederation of the Evangelical Churches of Vietnam (South) boasts 700,000 followers in 34 cities and provinces south of Quang Tri.

During the past few years, ECVS members have joined efforts with other religious organisations to reduce poverty through encouraging production and trade, and engaging in cultural and charitable activities.

Addressing the event, Deputy Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, Bui Thanh Ha, said the policy of accompanying the nation, meant ECVS dignitaries and followers would fulfil their duties to serve the nation, contributing to national development and defence.

Viet Nam is home to more than one million Protestants, who belong to over 60 separate Protestant organisations, sects and groups. The Evangelical Church of Viet Nam (North) has 15 chapters and more than 100,000 followers, and is the largest Protestant organisation in the north. — VNS

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