Hmong Ministry Planting in the Episcopal Church

Jesus said: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…  

Dear Friends:

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.  The Episcopal Church of Minnesota received a $100,000 grant from The Episcopal Church – 5 Marks of Mission.   We are in the process of raising matching dollars. We are seeking mission partners and investors.

Toua was raised up for ordained ministry at Church of the Holy Apostles and in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. In the spring of 2013, he earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and that 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 for evangelism, he would partner with existing Episcopal congregations to facilitate new start-up Hmong ministries  integrated into The Episcopal Church. Current target communities are in Wisconsin, Colorado and California, where there are sizable Hmong communities. We plan to develop partnerships with dioceses in these locations. Toua will strategize with The Rev. Fred Vergara, Missioner for Episcopal Asiamerica 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.

Would you like to invite Fr. Vang to your faith community to speak about his vision for mission with Hmong/Southeast Asians and learn more about how you can participate in and support this work?  Contact him at tvang45@yahoo.com

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.

Toua spoke at an event in the Episcopal Church of Minnesota in May, 2014

“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

Faithfully,

Bishop Brian, Devon, Letha, Susan, Jered and Toua

The Rt. Rev. Brian Prior                        Brian.p@episcopalmn.org

The Rev. Devon Anderson                        devonanderson1@gmail.com

The Rev. Letha Wilson Barnard            revletha@gmail.com

The Rev. Susan Moss                                    Susanmaetzoldmoss@gmail.com

The Rev. Jered  Weber-Johnson            jered.weberjohnson@stjohnsstpaul.org

The Rev. Toua Vang                                    tvang45@yahoo.com

Donations to the Hmong Ministry fund will be received by The Episcopal Church in Minnesota: ECMN, 1730 Clifton Place, #201, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Note “Hmong Ministry”  in the memo line. Your gifts are tax deductible.

More information about the Hmong Ministry Planting initiative:

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