The Baptist World Alliance is reporting
Baptist Churches in Vietnam (BCV), one of several Baptist conventions and unions in the Southeast Asian country, gained official recognition from the Vietnamese government in early October.
BCV, formed in 1989, is now allowed, by decree issued by the Government Religious Section, “to live according to the gospel, serving the Lord, serving the Nation, having close relationship with the national people and complying with the national law.”
BCV, which has its headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, has more than 18,400 members in more than 400 house churches in 42 provinces and cities. It is one of five known Baptist groups in the country of 86 million people. Most of these Baptist groups are yet to receive official government recognition.