News Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Rice-and-Tofu Meal Is Changing Hearts

By Andrew McChesney, courtesy Adventist Mission

Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Vietnam faced a dilemma in 2014 when a year-long Mission to the Cities evangelistic campaign ended and they had some leftover funds.

World church president Ted N.C. Wilson, who baptized 35 people in Ho Chi Minh City during the campaign, suggested that the money be used to help the needy.

The result: a free weekly meal that is so well known that every taxi driver in Ho Chi Minh City, a city of 8.5 million people, is aware of it, church leaders said. Three people who came for meals have been baptized.

“Our meal program is having a great impact on the community,” the Adventist Church’s Vietnam Mission said in a statement. “These days, if you hail a taxi and ask for the Phu Nhuan Community Meal, every local driver will know where to go.”

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