Mission History in Vietnam

  • 2011

    Training Invitation

    Zang Lou from the Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC) come across an online sermon by Rev. Bounkeo Lor, a Hmong pastor at Grace Hmong Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Encouraged by Lor’s message and deeply impressed with the clear proclamation of law and gospel, Lou invites Lor to train 60 leaders of the Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The HFC has 55,000 church members. 

  • 2012

    First trip to Vietnam

    Lor makes the first of his training trips to Hanoi.

  • 2014

    Letter to WELS

    The HFC leaders draft a letter to WELS leadership asking for additional training

  • 2015

    Support begins

    WELS Missions begins full financial support of the Hmong outreach effort in Vietnam

  • 2016

    PSI visits Vietnam

    The Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) visits Vietnam for the first time to aid in Lor’s training efforts. The HFC grows to 70,000 members. 

  • March 2017

    Divine call

    Lor is called to be full-time Hmong Asia ministry coordinator.

  • August 2017

    Visit to the United States

    Leaders from the Hmong Fellowship Church and Vietnamese 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, and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.

  • 2017

    Invitation to build

    The Vietnamese government invites WELS to build a theological training facility in Hanoi.

  • January 2018

  • 2018

    WELS visits Vietnam

    WELS Missions representatives visit Vietnam for the first time to meet with HFC leadership and assess what is needed for the training facility. The HFC reports that their church body has grown to more than 100,000 members. 

  • April 2019

    Memorandum of Understanding signed

    WELS President Mark Schroeder, World Missions Administrator Rev. Larry Schlomer, and Director of Missions Operations Mr. Sean Young signed a memorandum of understanding along with Vietnamese Fellowship Church (VFC) representatives confirming we can move forward with all land purchase, construction, and training plans.

  • June 2019

    Land is purchased

    Land is purchased and cleared for the theological education facility  in Hanoi.