I had the pleasure of joining members of Mountview Uniting Church in eastern Melbourne last Sunday to celebrate the commissioning of Minh Bui as Pastor for the Vietnamese Faith Community.The English-speaking congregation and the Vietnamese Faith Community came together for the bilingual service. It was a wonderful example of sharing worship in each other’s languages. It was done gracefully and everyone felt included in the service.
It was a particularly joyful day for the Vietnamese Faith Community.
Their journey has not been an easy road but with the support of key Vietnamese leaders – Vanessa Tran and Rev. Hung Ly and Nga Ly – the community has found their new Pastor.
As the Minister at Mountview Rev. Brendan Byrne said at the service:
“The Vietnamese Faith Community has gone through difficult times in the last year or so. After losing their initial leader barely a year after their inauguration, the community has coped with uncertainty and an unpredictable future. Indeed, there have been times when many have wondered if the community would survive. But through the faithfulness of its members and through the support and assistance of the wider Church, they have now come to a stage where they can look once more to the future with hope and expectation.”
Minh Bui has been with the community since March this year. He has been also involved with the Australia Vietnamese Women’s Association Inc. (Hoi Phu Nu Viet Uc) for many years. The not-for-profit organisation assists migrants and refugees as they settle into a new life in Australia.
This morning with his wife and two their sons, Minh placed his trust in God for the future of Vietnamese Faith Community.
Brendan and his members welcome the Vietnamese Faith Community with open arms and hearts. They offer a space for grace.
Rev. Swee Ann Koh, the Director for Intercultural Unit at the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania was also there to support the Vietnamese Faith Community.
The service concluded with morning tea together in the hall where we enjoyed Vietnamese roll (banh mi), sticky rice (xoi bap and xoi man) and dry noodle (bun thit nurong).