Hanoi facilitates activities of Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) hinh anh 1Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (R) receives Pastor John Chadwick Hanmond on April 3 (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Hanoi administration is ready to facilitate religious followers’ practicing their religions and contributing to the city’s development, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has said.

He made the remark while receiving Pastor John Chadwick Hanmond, a representative of the President of Samaritan’s Purse – a nondenominational evangelical Christian organisation – Franklin Graham, in Hanoi on April 3, Ha Noi Moi daily reported.

Chung informed his guest about local socio-economic development, noting that the city appreciates contributions by the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North), especially in humanitarian aid for the poor.

He voiced his hope that Protestant pastors, dignitaries and followers will remain united and foster local development.

Local authorities will provide the best possible conditions for the Evangelical Church of Vietnam (North) to conduct activities in 2017, including the ceremony marking 500 years of the Protestant Reformation, he added.

Pastor Hanmond said he is impressed with the city’s development, noting that the Church will support the city’s activities.

He also took this chance to convey the invitation to visit the US in 2017 from Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham to Chairman Chung.

The Hanoi official promised to visit the headquarters of Samaritan’s Purse at an appropriate time.-VNA