Launched in 2002, the Vietnam Mission Initiative of the United Methodist Church has extended the message of Christ’s redemptive love across the country. The growth of the church has provided yet another public witness to the power of the Gospel to change lives. Fifteen years after the beginning of the mission, momentum is building for the legal recognition of the church. Global Ministries has been working with the Vietnam Office of Religious Affairs to be registered in the country. This will be the first step for the United Methodist Church of Vietnam to be legally recognized and will provide a legal entity to which all property and assets can be transferred from individuals who currently hold the deeds.