Dear fellow servants of Christ,

Writing daily ministry journal is one of the challenges for me and probably many others. I have tried to do it three times years ago until last March of 2020 when the Covid-19 brought an impact to the lives of everyone in the world and I had the motivation to practice it. My ministry journal includes significant events of the day (kairos, not chronos). I recorded people I met, inspirational articles I read, flash thoughts to elaborate, immediate things to do, long-term future plan to develop, lessons I learned from others, my comments for each single incident, etc…

When reviewing my journal, I always find interesting ideas that feed my thoughts for writing/teaching/preaching, valuable experience for personal growth, urgent items for earnest prayers, and tons of thanksgiving for enthusiastic praise. For example, one of the significant events that I attended was the National Conference of Vietnamese Baptist Churches in North America during the first weekend of July. I met the first featured speaker at the conference room door, shook hands with him and told him, “ You are the main reason that I come to this conference.” His reply “You are so generous” revealed his humble attitude. No wonder he is serving as the top leader of the convention. He is Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Executive President of SBC.

Then during last two months I reviews my visits and connection with churches and lay leaders. I observed that most of our churches are struggling to gather church members to come back to the worship services on site inside the buildings. Most of our churches practice very well the social distance and disinfection cleaning, even in creative ways. For whatever reasons, the worship services did not gather the same crowd as before. However, I myself felt very inspirational and encouraging. I have observed church members sitting in the wheel chairs and raising theirs hands to praise the Lord with sparkling eyes and limited voice under the masks.

Finally, I would like to share with you several helpful articles that I read recently.
· Paul Tripp talks about facing difficult situations in your
· Sam Rainer suggests children fostering for the church as a solution to solve community problem: One of the Most Overlooked Ways to Get Your Church To Solve Community Problems
· Angela Lee mentions about leveraging conflict for better decisions: Fight and Unite
And of course, you’re welcome to make comments and/or chat with me about the above articles.

Looking forward to connection,

Your fellow servant of Christ,
T. A. Nguyen

P. S. On Sunday August 8th I went to attend the worship service at United Community Church. The meeting is hybrid. Only 6 persons showed up on-site, the others participated via Zoom. My heart was lifted up when I sang with the top of my voice along with the choir on the screen. Pastor has been very creative to lead the congregation with excellent pre-recorded videos. Best of all, he led the UCC church to give faithfully (with frequent increase) to mission cause which includes our Association. See some pictures of the service below.

Here is the fellowship meal with Thai Pastor Vanchai Vudhinant (sitting next to me) and the church leaders. Across the table is Mr. Benjamin Homsapaya who has devoted Buddish monk, a handsome man at the age of 35, now he is 70s.
Advance Program
During these challenging times, I am amazed and thankful that the two students in our Advance Program have reached the halfway mark in their Children’s Ministry Diploma Program. These students are both working mothers, juggling careers, parenting, and taking care of their families, but they could remain in the program through perseverance, hard work, and love for the ministry they are. As the Director of the Program and a pastor, I am inspired and challenged by their dedication and commitment. There were times we had to postpone classes and rescheduled them for another day because of family matters that would come up. One of the advantages of our Advance Program is that classes are flexible. Any working adult can enroll. I cannot wait to see them graduate from this program and see them serve their ministry and their churches equipped and ready. I am excited to let our churches know that this coming Fall 2021, we are offering three classes. New Testament Survey taught by Reverand Art Abreu, Christian History taught by our Dr. TA Nguyen, and Christian Theology by Dr. Tri Lam.
Romeo Manalang
Senior Pastor of Life in Christ Church
Director of Advance SFV
Tel: 818-427-2036
Email: 818-427-2036

Office Hours & Other Details
Please mail checks for the Association to:
PO Box 3330280, Pacoima, CA 91333
Office number: (818) 834 - 8362
Director of Missions contact, Dr. T.A. Nguyen, (818) 730 - 3510