Assemblies of God receive
permit covering 40 provinces
HCM City —
Assemblies of God of Viet Nam, a Protestant sect, received yesterday a permit to
operate, which is the first step in becoming a legal organisation.
"Since its inception in 1989, the assemblies have followed the
guideline of ‘living in line with God’s words, serving God, the Motherland and
the nation’," said general administrator of the Assemblies of God of Viet Nam
Duong Thanh Lam.
Lam thanked the Government and local authorities for creating
favourable conditions and support for the religious society in recent years, and
stated that the granting of the operating permit reflected the Government’s
openness and goodwill toward religious activities and Protestant followers.
Pastors Jeff Dove and Mark Barlift from the Assemblies of God of
the US and the diocese of northern Texas called on all pastors and followers of
the religious assemblies to uphold solidarity, assist compatriots, especially
the poor, and make greater efforts to contribute to Viet Nam.
Both Dove and Barlift said the Vietnamese Gov-ernment’s granting
of the religious operating permit was an important foundation for the Assemblies
of God of Viet Nam to develop in its homeland.
Speaking at the ceremony, deputy head of the Government’s
Committee for Religious Affairs Nguyen Thanh Xuan said he hoped that the
followers of the Assemblies of God would propagate the good characteristics of
Protestantism and make active contributions to building a peaceful, stable and
prosperous Viet Nam.
The Assemblies of God of Viet Nam currently has around 40,000
followers operating in 40 provinces and cities across the country. —VNS