Although Vietnam is officially an atheist country, about 8 percent of the population is Buddhist, 7 percent Catholic, and only 1 percent Protestant. Two decades ago, as an incoming religion, United Methodism started the long process of becoming fully legalized by the government, and that journey continues today. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Church in Vietnam has been far from idle. Already United Methodism has spread to over 12,000 members in roughly 300 congregations. The speed of growth, most of which takes place in rural communities, surpasses the Church’s ability to train pastors