Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Le Ba Trinh wished Protestant dignitaries and followers a happy new year while receiving executive members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Vietnam in Hanoi on January 16.

Trinh affirmed that the Party, State and VFF always appreciate positive contributions by the Church and Protestants to the national great unity through abiding by laws and actively participating in social and charitable activities.

He asked the Church’s executive board to continue guiding followers to follow the teachings “Living the Gospel amidst the nation” and contribute more to the country’s development.

Pastor Dieu Boi, President of the board, expressed thanks for the VFF Central Committee’s support, hoping for more assistance for its operation.

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Vietnam was established in 1968. After interruption since 1975, it resumed operation in 1998.

The Church now has around 17,000 followers who practise the religion in 22 provinces and cities.-VNA