February 2022 Newsletter

by Dennis & Mai Spencer | March 31st, 2022


Mr. and Mrs. Hien opened their home in Suoi Bang 2 years ago for a Sunday evening Worship Service to be held there as a church plant of the Binh Chau Church. The first year faced many challenges due to the pandemic, but a small group was faithful in attending and God started adding more people to our group. Then services had to be stopped for a few months last year due to the lockdown caused by the virus. Now, for the last 2 months, we have started in-person services again. During this short time, God has used Mr. Hien’s love of Jesus to enable him to lead 4 more people to Christ. We held a special service to celebrate our 2 year anniversary of our Suoi Bang church plant. The Binh Chau Youth Worship team led worship and Pastor Tu gave a message of thankfulness to God for all He has allowed us to do in Suoi Bang (even though we haven’t been recognized by the local authorities there yet). After the service, some of the ladies served a dinner they had prepared. “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34


We know our enemy never rests, especially in trying to discourage God’s servants. Mr. Hien has a house in Suoi Bang where our church plant meets, but deeper in the jungle he has an acre orchard of logan fruit and banana trees. Actually, the land belongs to the government, but they let people use it if they have no plans to develop it. Mr. Hien planted the trees and worked it for many years until a health issue prevented him from working. He then hired a young man to work it for him. Unfortunately, the man did not keep up with clearing dried brush from the orchard. Someone was trying to retrieve a honeycomb by using fire to chase the bees away and caught the dried vegetation on fire. His trees and above ground irrigation system were destroyed. This happened only 3 days after our 2 year celebration of our church plant in Mr. Hien’s house. He immediately recognized this was the work of the enemy. Mr. Hien’s response shows his humility and faith in his Lord. Even though Mr. Hien had just lost his livelihood for this year, he was not going to let the enemy have any victory. He told us that God had always provided for him and his family in the past and he was trusting in God to do the same now. Please pray God will restore all the enemy has taken from Mr. Hien and his family and reward them for their faithfulness.


Gia Han, Pastor Tu’s daughter, and the other children are now allowed to return to school.


This is the time of year we seek funding for the children to live in our orphanage for 2022. As the saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child” and God has put that in our heart. We ask for donations to support the orphanage overall. Therefore, you help impact every child living in our orphanage/love house for Jesus. We do have some that give monthly, but the majority of the funding needed for these children living in our orphanage comes in during this yearly request. The total yearly cost needed is $18,000 and we currently have commitments of $5,400. So we are in need of an additional $12,600 to fully support all the children for 2022. We ask that you please prayerfully consider donating towards helping these precious children of promise. If God puts it in your heart to give, please mail your check to JIV Ministries, P.O. Box 54, Cortaro, AZ 85652 or donate online at jesusinvietnam.com. We are so appreciative and so humbled by your prayers and support that enables us to show and share the love of Jesus to these children every day. Take joy in knowing God is using you to make such an impact in these children’s lives for all eternity.


In our last newsletter we asked for prayer for Xe Duc who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. We included a picture of her, which showed her stomach enlarged as if she was pregnant. We praise God for answered prayer and His miraculous healing power. Xe Duc (pictured above with her 6 month old daughter) is free of pain and her stomach has returned to normal. She recently returned to her home town of Tan Hung (about a 7 hour drive from Binh Chau) with her husband and daughter. During her illness, Xe Duc rededicated her life to the Lord and her husband asked Jesus into his heart. Please pray God will give them both the strength and desire to read/study His Word and continue their walk with the Lord.


The picture above shows Pastor Tu visiting and praying with Luom in the hospital. Luom and her family are long time members of the Binh Chau Church. In fact, after the church building was completed and we started holding services in it, Luom was the second person to ask Jesus into her heart. Since then, her husband, 3 of her children, and 1 grandson have all received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Luom was admitted to the hospital due to high blood pressure and diabetes, but further tests indicated she may have cancer of the uterus. She is waiting the results a more tests given her, but Luom has been released from the hospital and is now back home with her family. Please pray God will heal Luom either through His healing touch or giving her doctors wisdom to diagnose and develop a successful treatment plan for her. Please pray God will comfort Luom and her family and give them peace knowing He will guide them through this season.


We have always used the King James Bible as translations in Vietnamese were limited. KJV is hard for many people to understand so we have been looking for a different translation. We found one in using today’s language and have been giving them out to new believers. The rest of the congregation (young and old) have requested them. We purchased 25 of them and now would like to buy another 100. These Bibles cost $13 each if you would like to help bless the Binh Chau Church with these Bibles.


We strive to instill in the children (and the whole congregation) living in our orphanage the importance of reading/memorizing God’s Word in order to grow in their walk with the Lord. The picture above shows Pastor Tu handing out the new Bibles to some of the children in our orphanage/love house before they start one of their Bible studies. The children have commented that this translation is much easier for them to understand. Please pray God will use these Bibles to give them a deeper understanding of His love for them through His Son Jesus Christ.



On behalf of Nancy Lupo, we would like to thank all of you who donated to Jesus in Vietnam in memory of Nancy’s husband Dan last month. The outpouring of love in Dan’s honor speaks to how God used Dan to impact so many and was such a blessing to Nancy and us. We praise God for the $3,925 donated.


Last week we were informed that Mai’s sister Kim, Pastor Tu and his family, and most of the children in our orphanage/love house had been diagnosed with Covid. Please pray God will keep their sysmptoms mild and give them a quick recovery.

Pastor Tu continues to look for a spiritual housemother for the children in our orphanage. Please pray God will lead him to a mature Christian woman with a heart for children.

We have 4 families who attended the Binh Chau Church for many years, but have now fallen away from the church the last 3 years. God has blessed them financially, but instead of giving Him praise, they feel they don’t need God now. The church has visited them many times, but God is the only one that can change their heart. Please pray for the Tu Song, Thao Hang, Thong Mung families and Tam Kien that God would draw them back to their first love for Him.

Now that the country has opened up after 2 years of lockdown, please pray God will give children the desire to return to Children’s Church in person.

As we start planning for this summer’s VBS Camp, please pray the virus numbers will continue to decrease and parents will feel comfortable letting their children attend.

Please pray for God to open the door for us to travel to Thi’s home village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to share Jesus with them when we are able to return to Vietnam.

Please pray for God to provide the funds for a newer, more reliable van for the church and our orphanage.
Our current van is now 23 years old and breaks down often.

“How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:9

About This Site

Jesus in Vietnam Ministries, is a compassion ministry founded by Dennis and Mai Spencer. Vietnamese families suffer from deprivation, lacking sometimes even the necessities of life. In obedience to the many Scriptural commands to help the poor they are enabling families to survive in difficult circumstances. When shown mercy these families are very receptive to the Gospel. The Spencer’s also focus on children, who are the future church of Jesus Christ in Vietnam. Watch The Video About Jesus In Vietnam Ministries Here


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