The Tin Lanh Church in Quang Ngai worked closely with Jim to coordinate an outreach program to many small, rural villages across this province that had not been reached with the gospel.
An Cuong is a small, poor fishing village that saw their church, built in the early 1960s with the leadership of James and Jean Livingston, destroyed during the Vietnam war. This gift supports the development of a meeting place for the An Cuong Branch of believers recently recognized with official status and its sister church in Quang Ngai.
Gifts may be given through the Livingston Memorial Fund above or by check to James H. Livingston, 414 Sterling Heights Ln., Houston, Tx 77094.
The Memorial Service for Rev. James H. Livingston will be held February 29, 2020 at 2:00PM in Orlando, Florida at the Vietnamese Alliance Church, 3300 Bumby Ave.
Thank you for your prayers and support of the Livingston Memorial Fund.
Service to believers in Quang Ngai Province, 1962
Military Evangelism to solider families, 1972
An Cuong village, 1960
Leadership in Quang Ngai Province - June, 2018
I recently received this message from Rev. Reg Reimer, former missionary to Viet Nam and thought it would be a blessing to you to hear a first hand account of the Livingston's ministry in An Cuong.
Light for my Eyes
In 1971 I was at Fuller doing research for my dissertation on how the churches in Vietnam had grown. Why were there people movements to Christ in some areas and not in others, and so on. After an extensive literature review a field study was required to check and augment it. I spent the summer visiting dozens of churches and interviewing many first generation Christians from the DMZ, then dividing Vietnam, to the tip of the Ca Mau peninsula.
I had learned that in Quang Ngai province a people movement to faith had occurred in the early 1960’s among animistic fisher people. Reports said many had believed after a shaman had become an evangelist and a woman blind from birth had received her sight.
With worried warnings by the pastor in Quang Ngai city I made my way to the coast not far from where the My Lai Massacre had recently occurred. The area was largely under the control of the Viet Cong.
My only address was An Cuong, the name of the village, and “the house where Mrs. Huu, the blind woman who had received her sight”, lived. Eventually I was pointed to a simple thatched cottage under tall palm trees maybe 50 meters from the Eastern Sea – as VNs call the South China Sea.
“Is anyone home?” I said at the door. A very surprised couple invited me in. Over bitter green tea they confirmed that this indeed was the house where once-blind Mrs. Huu resided. But they were stingy with additional information. When pressed they said that Mrs. Huu was dying and that I would not want to see her. When I insisted, they said, “Out there” pointing me to a door on the beach side of their shelter.
I stepped out onto the beach. As my eyes adjusted to the light, I spotted a human figure lying in a depression in the sand at the foot of a tall palm, naked except for an empty sandbag across its loins.
I dropped to my knees crawling toward the tiny Mrs. Huu. Dark, furrowed, leather-like skin stretched over the outline of bones. Toothless, eyes closed, breathing imperceptible.
My intended question about her sight was now inappropriate and intrusive. Crawling closer I asked, “Respected old lady, do you know the Lord?” No response. Louder. Same result. With my face now inches from hers I repeated my question loudly and clearly, “Respected old lady, do you know the Lord”?
Her rheumy eyes flickered. She wet her thin lips and whispered hoarsely, “Chua cho sang mat toi. “Lord gave light eyes my” is the transliteration. Five economical words. Both my questions answered. I felt His presence.
With tears running freely, I gently traced a cross on her forehead, prayed for her soon and peaceful departure, and retreated. Three days later she encountered the Light of the World.
As I hurried back to the safety of the city I tried to imagine what had transpired on that stretch of coast when a healthy Mrs. Huu had testified how the Lord had restored her sight!
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