Mission History in Vietnam
2011 – Pastor Zang from the Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC) in Vietnam, a subset of the Vietnamese Fellowship Church, comes across a sermon posted online by Rev. Bounkeo Lor, a Hmong pastor at Grace Hmong Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kansas.
2012 – Encouraged by Rev. Bounkeo Lor’s message and deeply impressed with the clear proclamation of law and gospel, Pastor Zang invites Rev. Lor to Vietnam to train leaders of the Hmong Fellowship Church. Rev. Lor makes the first of many training trips.
2015 – The WELS Joint Mission Council adopts and begins full financial support of the Hmong outreach effort in Vietnam.
2016 – The Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) visits Vietnam for the first time to aid in Rev. Lor’s training efforts.
March 2017 – The Global Hmong Committee of the WELS Joint Mission Council calls Rev. Lor to be full-time Hmong Asia Ministry Coordinator.
August 2017 – Leaders from the Hmong Fellowship Church travel to the United States to learn about WELS operations. WELS welcomes them to the Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, WI.
2017 – The Vietnamese Fellowship Church and the Vietnamese government invite WELS to build a theological training facility in the city of Hanoi in order to continue to provide training to the Hmong Fellowship Church. WELS is currently the only protestant church with official governmental permission to work with the Hmong in Vietnam.
January 2018 – Representatives from WELS Multi-Language Publications visit Vietnam to evaluate the types of materials needed by the Hmong Fellowship Church
2018 – WELS Missions representatives visit Vietnam for the first time to explore the opportunity presented to WELS to build a training facility