Thu and Hanh Nguyen
Our God Story
We desire to reach the Vietnamese community in Taiwan through church planting with a focus on discipleship. Through networking with other denominations for the purpose of doing prison and immigration centre evangelistic activities, we desire to see inmates come to Christ and spread their new found faith upon their return to Vietnam among their families and communities. To this end, we desire to host short-term mission teams and partner with charitable mission organizations to expand resources for a greater evangelistic impact.
Thu and Hanh were both born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam. Hanh immigrated to Toronto with her family in 1975. Thu immigrated to Edmonton by himself in 1975. They met in 1978 and were married in 1980.
Hanh was born into a Christian family and accepted Christ at age 12. In 1975, she moved to Canada with some of her family members, but because the family was divided Hanh became angry with God. When God helped the rest of the family to be sponsored and to move to Canada, Hanh recognized that God loved her family, so she repented and returned to church.
Thu became a Christian in 1975, just four months after immigrating to Canada when he first heard the Gospel in a church in Edmonton. He became active in the church and attended a Vietnamese church retreat in California, where he was influenced by a missionary nurse to Vietnam who invited him to an evangelistic meeting.
Thu felt God’s call to serve at the retreat in California but realized he lacked knowledge of the Bible. He moved to Vancouver in order to be involved in a larger Vietnamese church. One year later, in 1978, he returned to Edmonton to work with the youth group and felt a burden for Vietnamese youth. In 1980, Thu moved to Toronto to marry Hanh and receive a post-secondary education.
Both Thu and Hanh were involved in planting Vietnamese churches in Toronto as tentmakers for seven years. After that, God called them to quit their jobs to attend seminary in answer to their call to missions.
Joan Carter and Wally Albretch visited Cambodia and came back with the report that there were almost one million Vietnamese living in Cambodia who hadn’t heard about Christ and felt called to evangelize them.
On hearing this news, both Thu and Hanh felt a great burden for the Vietnamese Diaspora.
After graduating from Canadian Theological Seminary, Thu and Hanh were assigned to Cambodia, leaving in 1998. They served for nine years with New Hope Ministries and were involved in church planting, training and installing local pastors (6-7 pastors), children’s schooling, and children’s Bible clubs in villages.
They also heard that there were many Vietnamese migrant workers and brides married to Taiwanese men, and they also felt a burden for these Vietnamese people living in Taiwan. They sensed God’s call to move there in 2007 and began the Vietnamese Diaspora outreach ministry, and then in 2009 they established the Vietnamese Gospel Centre.
Thu and Hanh work near the urban centre of Taipai, Taiwan, and concentrate their work on Vietnamese Diaspora.
- 300,000+ Vietnamese in Taiwan
- 80,000 migrant workers (factory workers and homecare workers)
- 150,000 brides married to Taiwanese men
- 5,000 university students
The Vietnamese Diaspora ministry has 3 functions: the church, prison discipleship, and immigration detention centre outreach.
The Vietnamese Gospel Centre began in 2009 and became a C&MA Taiwan church in January 2014. At that time, the church’s name was changed to Agape Vietnamese Church of the C&MA, and it serves as a centre to reach out to the Vietnamese Diaspora (brides, university students, and migrant workers) in Jongli, Taiwan.
Their prison ministry began with seven inmates, and now Thu and Hanh minister to more than 120 inmates with caring evangelism and discipleship ministries. About 90 per cent of the prisoners have become Christians!
Immigration detention centre ministries involve caring for the inmates and evangelism with the prayer that they will return to Vietnam and share their newfound faith with their families and communities.
What Thu and Hahn love most about being international workers is seeing people come to Christ, observing their hunger for God, and their maturity in their faith. They both would say that learning the Chinese language is a definite challenge.
Thu and Hanh enjoy hosting Vietnamese and Mandarin-speaking short-term mission teams who can enhance their ministry, especially in the prison and immigration centres.
After giving to the Global Advance Fun, they urge giving to their Vietnamese Diaspora Outreach project, which helps to finance their various ministries. Feel free to contact them for updates.