Were Chinese Missionaries Already Serving in Vietnam in the 1960s?

We have written extensively about the first Back to Jerusalem missionaries who were sent out for the first time in 2003, but a recent discovery shows that there were indeed missionaries sent out even earlier from China!

While going through the archives of the Christian Library in Ho Chi Minh, we found articles in Christian missionary magazines highlighting the mission work of Chinese missionaries to Vietnam in the 1960s.

Below is an article from the magazine, CALLED TO VIETNAM:

Chinese Missions in Vietnam

On the outskirts of Cholon in Saigon there is a tract of land, about an acre and a half, known now as Gospel Gardens. Its house is the residence for our traveling evangelist, Jonathan Kaan, and its fishpond has already yielded a harvest of Philippine fish. We have all eaten them without any of the leprosy, TB, or other bad effects that Communist propaganda has spread about this recently introduced help to Vietnam.

In the past year we have obtained Christian literature from Hong-Kong. Now we feel it is time to take another step of faith and action, and establish a reading and book room in the Saigon-Cholon area. A primary school of about a hundred students has been opened under the sponsorship of the larger Chinese Church. The Gospel truck continues to travel widely in evangelistic work with good results.

There are three Sunday Schools operating now, one at the Big Churchy under Dr. Leland Wong’s organization, one at the Alliance Chapel, and a newly opened one at the Chapel where Timothy Leung is pastor. Twice yearly the children gather for V.B.S. with capable and spiritual teachers taking part in all of its activities. Three of your Young People are attending the Alliance Bible Institute in Hong-Kong, four more are at Nyack, one at Houghton, one in Chicago and several more have gone to Taiwan where they are active in SS. and Church work.

In March we held our third Annual Chinese Conference in Dalat. Mrs Lau graciously offered the use of her home free of charge to house our eight Chinese workers and their families and as a place to hold our sessions. We are grateful to the Lord for the spirit of love and unity that was present and rejoice in the step forward that causes our Chinese work to be more indigenous in the real sense of the word.

Due to the fact that the Chinese in Phnom-Penh are without a Church Building. the congregation meets in a Chinese School building under crowded conditions. Between 80 and a 100 attend the Sunday service with perhaps as many children meeting in an adjoining room. It has been a year and eight months since their original Church building burned down, and while efforts have been made to purchase land on which to erect a building, there has been no success to date.

We thank God for a Church Body which is comparatively strong and able to administer its own affairs in the City. While without a pastor, it has two able lady evangelists and an active Church Committee which govern ably the various ministries of the Church. Eleven were added to the church be baptism last October, most of whom were young people. Each week the young people conduct a systematic canvas of the Chinese sections of the city in passing out literature and witnessing.

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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