Vietnam: English Courses
Type: Educational Development
Funding Need: $23,000 USD annually
English has recently been added by the Vietnamese government as a compulsory subject to the Year 1-12 curriculum. Most brothers and sisters in Vietnam cannot speak English and do not have the opportunity to learn because of their poor financial situation. It’s desirable to increase the English-speaking proportion of the Vietnamese brotherhood for both spiritual and practical reasons:
- There is a spiritual and practical advantage to be earned from the number of competent English-Vietnamese translators we can have available throughout our own community, to relieve the burden on the few translators we have available at Bible schools and to better integrate the Vietnamese brothers and sisters in multi-lingual ecclesial settings
- Spiritually, all brothers and sisters gain from the ability to fellowship with those from different parts of the world, especially through sharing common beliefs while experiencing dramatically different cultural backdrops. Language barriers invariably hamper that fellowship
- Those who speak English in countries soliciting both business and tourism from English-speaking people, which includes Vietnam, will have greater job opportunities to earn significantly higher salaries. Far from simply wanting to have more money, this is beneficial in enabling our brothers and sisters to be more self-sufficient in supporting their own family’s medical needs; reducing the reliance on aid from the brotherhood overseas
The cost is $900 per year per person for an English course. Books and additional material is $100 per year; previously funded by WCF. There are currently 23 committed brothers and sisters studying, each of whom is within their second year of study. We intend to continue filling these student positions from the members who have already graduated from school, until such time as the new schooling regimen produces a new status quo of English-speaking as a common second language among the populace.
As a bottom line, we request a continuing annual $23 000 for this program.
Request authors: Bre Allan Bundesen (Brisbane, Aus) & John Pople (San Francisco, USA)