Partner:The Methodist Church in Malaysia
Describe the need affecting the community.
Since the passing of the Poverty Reduction Initiative on May 21, 2002, the Vietnamese government has sent to Malaysia more than 200,000 Vietnamese young men and women ranging from 18 to 30 years of age to work as contract workers. The Vietnamese workers in Malaysia came from all parts of Vietnam, mostly from very poor family backgrounds with limited education. They are employed in factories and in the food and hospitality industry. They came with hope to improve the economy of their family and for a better future. Unfortunately, many of these workers were disappointed to find themselves work under exploitative and unsafe conditions and are often victimized by their employers who pay them wages less than they have been promised or unreasonably deduct and withheld their payment, charge them exorbitant fees for processing their visas, and sometimes takes their passport away from them. The majority of the workers left their home for the first time, leaving family and friends behind experience great loneliness and homesick. They find it difficult to communicate or express themselves due to language differences. The workers suddenly have a lot of freedom living away from the known restrained structures and values of the family; however, it was hard for them properly handling the great freedom. Many of them have lost their way and wandered into gambling, heavy drinking and lasciviously hurtful lifestyles.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
Hope For New Life project exists to serve the poor migrant workers and to bring hope to where its most needed in three areas: engaging in ministry with the poor workers, operating the effective discipleship/leadership training programs, and committing to an active enthusiastic evangelism to the 99% of Vietnamese migrant unbelievers in Malaysia
Describe the primary goal of the project.
Hope For New Life's primary goal is making disciples of Jesus Christ. The project's aim is to reach out to as many migrant workers as possible with the love and hope of God. This is done through providing Vietnamese language worship, special evangelistic gathering, personal witness, home visitation, and christian education. There is no permanent Vietnamese congregations in Malaysia due to the fluctuation of the workers coming in and going out as they have to move on to other working sites or return to their homeland after completing their three-year work contract. It is necessary to lay a foundation of faith in the life of the believing workers while time permit, so they can build their remaining life on the firm foundation of Christ. To train up leaders and send them back to their hometowns or villages in Vietnam as church planters with monthly financial support for a reasonable set period of time is a lofty plan which requires the sponsorship and participation of many churches. It also hopes that the Mission Initiative ministry in Vietnam will be able to receive those who had become christian and incorporate them into the United Methodist congregation in Vietnam.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
I hope to see many workers be treated with dignity and respect; that they would no longer live in unsafe buildings or work in unsafe hazardous environment; that they would get fair paid salary for the work they perform; that many would be elevated from human suffering and abuse situations. Furthermore, I would that they come to know God and His love for them; and that they would experience the freedom of a new life in Christ; that they would realize and embrace the good plan of God for their life; and that they would rise to be servant leaders and fulfill the destiny of God in their life.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
House's Ministry and Education Center: Utilities, furniture, materials and supplies
Biblical and Christian Literatures
Transportation: Bus/Van Rental, fuel, car maintain
Admistration: Office equipment, supplies, Phone expenses
Legal & document fees for Prisoners to VN