The LCMS began work in Vietnam in 1995, through a partnership between LCMS World Mission and LCMS World Relief and Human Care, serving through projects that provide humanitarian assistance and educational services. The Vietnamese Government recognizes LCMS World Mission as a Non-Government Organization (NGO). Specifically, the LCMS works closely with leadership and other personnel from the Vietnamese government’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).
LCMS World Mission personnel teach English to medical professionals and gifted students in Hanoi and surrounding provinces. Together, LCMS World Mission and LCMS World Relief and Human Care sponsor multiple projects to address the problem of malnutrition in many rural villages. Examples include working with health stations to hold training events to address a wide variety of nutrition topics, and also working with day cares and elementary schools to improve nutrition and education among children.
LCMS World Mission also works in close partnership with Vietnamese professionals in the design and implementation of projects to improve the standard of living for Vietnamese communities in and near Hanoi. Examples include microcredit loans, biogas, and training in farming, aquaculture, and animal husbandry techniques. In emergency situations, the LCMS also has provided relief for families devastated by flooding or other disasters.
Currently, a team of LCMS career and GEO personnel reside in Hanoi and nearby Phu Tho Province. GEO personnel serve as English teachers at various Vietnamese universities, which allows them to build many relationships and share a valuable resource with their students—the opportunity to learn from and practice with a native English speaker.
Following several years of planning, Concordia International School Hanoi is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011. It will provide a Western-style education for students of Hanoi’s international community in a Christian environment.