September 7, 2013
Many of our faith communities are asking “What is God up to in the Episcopal Church in MN?” and “What is our part in it?”
We’ve heard a clear and compelling response to these discernment questions as we’ve listened to The Rev. Toua Vang’s vision of church planting among Hmong/Southeast Asian communities and we want to tell you about it.
Toua was raised up for ordained ministry at Church of the Holy Apostles and in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. This spring he earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and in June was ordained a priest.
God is now calling Toua to the vocation of Hmong Missioner. With Holy Apostles, first and largest Episcopal Hmong congregation as the mission base, he would facilitate new start-up congregations integrated into The Episcopal Church. Current target communities are in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and California. Partner dioceses include Minnesota, Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Colorado, Northern California and San Joaquin. Toua will strategize with The Rev. Fred Vergara, Missioner for Asia America Ministries, and diocesan bishops to identify mission communities, and then organize and train Hmong ministry teams.
We’ve heard Toua describe his passion for this work and believe he is uniquely gifted for evangelical leadership in new vineyards beyond the bounds of parish ministry in St. Paul.
He needs our prayerful and financial support to pursue God’s call. Specifically, he needs an income stream to support him and his family while he pursues a variety of church planting skills and begins to create a mission network.
Come and hear Toua speak about his vision for mission with Hmong/Southeast Asians and learn more about how we can participate in and support this work.
Saturday, September 28
After the 2013 ECMN convention adjourns
at the home of
Susan and Tom Moss
175 Woodlawn Ave. St. Paul 55105
We have this unique missional opportunity before us. Let us boldly take the next step in the work that God has already planted among us. Let us move from words about mission to action; from discipleship to apostleship.
“Mission no longer means Anglo-Europeans crossing the Pacific Ocean to convert the Asian (Buddhist, Hindu, animists, ancestral worshipers, ‘free thinkers’, etc.)into the Christian faith. [Mission is] simply opening the doors of our American hearts and flinging open the doors of our churches to the neighbors whom God has brought to us. As you can see, in this church, the Chinese are among us, the Japanese are among us, the Koreans are among us, the South Asians and Southeast Asians are among us, the Filipinos are among us—and pardon the pun—the Hmong are among us.”
The Rev. Fred Vergara Missioner for Asiamerica Ministry in The Episcopal Church
Head on over to the open house after our convention adjourns on the 28th.
We’ll be waiting for you with refreshments and Hmong egg rolls.
RSVP to Susan Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651 485 5369.
Bishop Brian, Devon, Letha, Susan, Jered and Toua
The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior Brian.email@example.com
The Rev. Devon Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Letha Wilson Barnard email@example.com
The Rev. Susan Moss Susanmaetzoldmoss@gmail.com
The Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Toua Vang email@example.com
Donations to the Toua Vang Missionary Fund will be received by
The Episcopal Church in MN. Note Toua Vang Fund in the memo.
Your gifts are tax deductible.