Vietnam Mennonite Church convenes third general conference hinh anh 1​The second general conference of the Vietnam Mennonite Church in November 2012 (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Vietnam Mennonite Church commenced the third general conference in Ho Chi Minh City on December 1 with the participation of nearly 300 delegates from 24 provinces and cities.

Congratulating the Church on the third conference, deputy head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs Tran Tan Hung highly valued efforts by the Church’s dignitaries and followers to join people nationwide in socio-economic development and humanitarian drives, thereby contributing to the national growth.

He expressed his belief that they will build on the achievements while adhering to the Church’s goals and operation orientations, bringing into play patriotism, and devoting more to the national development and defence.

The two-day general conference is set to review the Church’s activities in the 2012-2016 tenure, elect a new executive board and approve a working plan for the 2016-2020 tenure.

The Protestant denomination has existed in Vietnam since 1954. It convened the first general conference in 2008, passing its Charter and orientations.

The Vietnam Mennonite Church was officially recognised by the Vietnamese State in 2009.-VNA