Josh Van is a missionary with the General Board of Global
Ministries serving among Vietnamese migrant workers in Malaysia. His work is
coordinated with the Board of Mission of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He
began service in January 2016.
Malaysia in 2002 became host to some 200,000 Vietnamese
young adult migrant workers employed in factories and the food and hospitality
industries. The Trinity Annual Conference of the Methodist Church responded to
the spiritual and social needs of this population in four urban areas: Kuala
Lumpur, Seremban, Johor Bahru, and Segamat. Services include basic health and
legal referrals, language interpretation, and English-language courses. The
workers hold worship services in their own language and host congregations invite
them for fellowship and special celebrations. The outreach of an earlier Global
Ministries missionary resulted in many Christian baptisms.
Josh, who has prior experience with Vietnamese migrants in
Malaysia through another organization, serves as a link between the Vietnamese
and the Malaysian Methodist Church, which has about 100,000 members, and has
its roots in the mission work of forerunners of The United Methodist Church. There
are two Vietnamese Methodist congregations in Malaysia.
Josh is a citizen of the United States born in Vietnam and
has lived in San Jose, California. He was a member of First Vietnamese United
Methodist Church, San Jose, in the California-Nevada Annual Conference at the
time of his entrance into mission service with Global Ministries. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from San Jose State University and also
studies at Mt. Zion School of Ministry in Grantville, Pennsylvania and
Evergreen Valley College in San Jose.
An immigrant to the US in 1989, he began attending a
Vietnamese Baptist church in San Jose with his Christian father. Josh became
“captivated by the love of Jesus” and at an early age dedicated his life to
Christ, promising to spend his life “telling others about your love so they can
be blessed as I am.”
After several years of study in the northeastern US, he served
as an assistant pastor in a small congregation back in California, helped to
plant a congregation in Virginia, and did a mission visit to see work among the
Vietnamese migrants in Malaysia. In October 2004 he returned as an independent missionary
to Malaysia. The next year he met and married Mo Nguyen, a Vietnamese migrant
there. The pending birth of their first child took them to Vietnam in 2006. The
couple continued their mission in Vietnam for a year before transferring to the
US in 2007.
Family visits to Vietnam in 2012 put Josh back into the mission
environment and he again devoted his life to work among the Vietnamese migrants
in Malaysia. From August 2012 through 2015, he led outreach ministries with
Vietnamese contract workers at Meru Christian Church in Klang, Malaysia.
Josh and Mo have two children, David Tin, born in 2006,
and Daniel Thieny, born in 2008.
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