The Vietnam Christian Mission convened its third congress in central Da Nang city on August 5 to review its operations from 2011-2015, approve a working plan and select an executive board for 2015-2019. 

Speaking at the event, Deputy Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs Bui Thanh Ha affirmed that the Party and State continually acknowledge and appreciate the positive contributions of religious communities and Christian followers to great national unity. 

The Party and State have consistently implemented policies that respect and ensure the right to religion and freedom of belief for all, he said, adding the policies related to religion and belief also meet the aspirations of religious communities, and Christians in particular. 

The Vietnam Christian Mission was born in Da Nang city on September 1, 1956 and was granted a certificate of operation by the Government Committee for Religious Affairs on September 1, 2006. Since then, the majority of Christians have joined in poverty reduction and charitable activities nationwide, contributing to nation building and safeguarding. 

Over recent years, the organisation’s external relations have expanded with numerous visits, religious and cultural exchanges with others in the region and the world. 

Today, the organization has nearly 33,000 followers across the country.-VNA