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Yangon: “Hanoi 20 years ago” By Pastor Jacob This was the line I heard several times during my visit to Yangon, Myanmar last weekend. Because of the nation’s recent opening up of international commerce and foreign aid, expatriates are flocking by the thousands to the ancient capital of Burma. A city of six million, Yangon is on the verge of modern development and an attractive place to make a difference or a profit. senting The Antioch Model of an international missional church from Acts 11 and 13. It was great to share our “Love Hanoi” vision and challenge the congregation to come up with their own ideas during small group discussions. The message and vision was well received!

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Westlake Speaker: Pastor Jacob Worship leader: Ella Walls Announcements: Jim

MyDinh Speaker: Pastor Nelson Worship leader: Sarah Morris Announcements: Vince

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The Luchtenburg family and Rohan, previous members of HIF Westlake, send their love and greetings to all. A number of people had traveled to Hanoi and visited HIF, something we’d love to see more of!

First impressions were:


 the city is open and green, lush with

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trees and wide boulevards, somewhat like Chiang Mai;  there is only car traffic with motorbikes


being outlawed and bicycles forbidden to ride on major roads;

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 the people are diverse with over 200

ethnic groups and a melting pot of Indian, Chinese, Burmese and other regional descent;  there is a small but growing middle

class, some new shopping malls, but no foreign fast-food chains;  the poor have it difficult without the

ability to purchase a car, ride motorbikes, or limited bicycle access. For my two-day visit, I was hosted by Pastor Hideki and his wife Yumi of New Life International Fellowship (NLIF). Former residents of Ho Chi Minh City, we were able to catch up after not meeting for eight years. Over dinner, I met with several council members of the church, which was mutually encouraging. On Sunday it was my privilege to share the message during service, pre-

LOCAL TRANSFERS: email for banking details. This brief visit was part of an effort to network international churches in our region and globally. As lead facilitator of the Missional International Church Network (, it is my mission to connect, inspire and engage int’l church leaders to be missional in theology, vision and action. Following my trip, the MICN leadership gathered in Bangkok for three days to pray and plan. MICN has begun its second decade with big dreams. Our next conference will take place in Beijing the end of April, 2014. HIF has benefited greatly by being part of this network and it gives us an opportunity to impact int’l churches across the globe!

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“God is my hope and help” (A Testimony by Tracy) Nightmares have always plagued me since that night when my father killed my mother, and I was but a little child at a tender age. My childhood days and growing up moments were all filled with nightmares, fears and sleeplessness. It became very much worse in 2010, and affected my daily activities. When I was at a loss as to how to continue with going forward in my life, God searched me out and I gave my life to Jesus. Two months after that, I came to Hanoi as part of my university’s student language immersion and exchange program. It was in February 2011 through Pastor Nelson’s preaching on James that God moved me to ask for help and healing. Through the months of spiritual battling, right up to June that year, I continued to have nightmares, and often woke up unable to breathe properly, with shivers, feeling my entire body incapacitated and unable to move. A very deep sense of fear and darkness will overwhelm me during these times. Afterwards, when I thought I have conquered my fears and gotten rid of the nightmares, occasionally the nightmares will return and make me question if I had indeed been saved by grace in Christ. Even as recent as 14 Oct, a few days ago, I was still struggling with nightmares. But when I recount my journey, I am reminded that God has given me much grace and showed me incomprehensible miracles. The most important blessing is that these fears and nightmares drive me to

There will be a Baptism class on October 27, at the HIF Center after the worship service. The Baptism class will be conducted by David Waters and is open to both the My Dinh and Westlake congregation. The actual baptism event is tentatively scheduled for the 10th of November. Please watch out for further announcements in the bulletin as to where the baptism venue will be. For those who are interested about baptism and would like to be baptized as well, please sign-up for the baptism class at the information table or email

PRAYER Join us for pre-service prayer every Sunday, 30 minutes before the start of service at both service locations. You can also get prayer request cards at the information table and fill out the prayer cards to make your request known, then drop them in the offering bag or hand it to an usher or you can email

seek God deeper and hold onto Him more tightly. When I am afraid and fear, God is my hope and help. Late one night, I awoke in the midst of another nightmare. But this time, it was different as I sensed a voice, a presence beside me praying forme, protecting me. I know that even though I am in a low valley, God’s presence and reality in my life doesn’t change. He is Emmanuel. Now when I have nightmares again, I will wake up, pray, read the Word and praise. I am no longer afraid of nightmares anymore. (Translated from Chinese by ‘redclaypot’)

This Sunday, City Partnerships Spotlight features ‘TeaTalk Vietnamese Club (TVC)’. This club aims to help foreigners coming to Vietnam to better understand their culture and consequently for the Vietnamese to understand foreign cultures as well. “Do you want to discover a new culture? Do you want to learn a new language and have more opportunities to develop lasting friendships? Do you want to feel less confused and more competent in everyday activities such as shopping and buying cheap?” This maybe some of the topic being discussed when you join a TeaTalk session. TeaTalk is located at No. 9 G1-Trung Yen, opposite 91 Trung Kinh. hifvietnam

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