Churches in Danang, Part II, The Protestant Church of Gordon and Laura Smith


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April 4th 2008
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Missionaries to French Indochina/South Vietnam 1929-1973
Churches of Danang Part II
The Missionary Success of Gordon and Laura Smith

Vietnam is known for naming streets and sculpting statues of its heroes. Only two foreigners have been awarded that distinction. They are Louis Jean Pasteur and Dr. Alexandre Yersin who worked under Pasteur in Paris. I don’t think Pasteur ever made it to Vietnam but Yersin worked here most of his adult life. He founded the Pasteur Institute in Vietnam and introduced rubber and quinine-producing trees to Vietnam. In 1894 while in Hong Kong he discovered the rat-borne microbe that causes bubonic plague.

Of course no one ask me but I could nominate two or more foreigners to be honored, Since this is my blog, here are my picks:

Father Alexandre de Rhodes, the Jesuit Priest who is credited for developing Quoc Ngu, the Romanized writing of the Vietnamese Language used today. More on Rhodes in a later blog.

The next two would be Rev. Gordon and Laura Smith. Two missionaries who served in the Vietnam area from 1929 to 1973 who brought the story of the “Prince of Peace” to the hill tribes of Cambodia and Vietnam.

I got interested in
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Lived in Vietnam from 1959-1975. Missionaries to Vietnam and Africa
Gordon and Laura Smith from researching Vietnam’s history. Gordon and Laura both wrote books on their experience here and unless you are fluent in French or Vietnamese they are the some of the few English works available for this time period.

Fortunately, through the Billy Graham Evangelist Association I was able to rent some of Gordon Smith’s early films. They also gave me a couple of phone numbers which enabled me to connect with some of Gordon and Laura’s colleagues in the mission field and eventually it got me in contact with Rev. Stanley Smith, one of Gordon and Laura’s sons who also served in Vietnam. Most of these people live now in retirement communities and have quite a story to tell. One woman was born on the North Vietnam/Chinese border. Another woman was shot about thirteen times by the Viet Cong and left for dead. She was rescued by U.S. Marines. Quite a few missionaries lost their lives during the war period.

The Smith’s had so many challenges to overcome. The French did not trust them. One French official slapped Gordon on the face. The hill tribes didn’t want any outsider in their territory. The lowland Vietnamese
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Just married.
didn’t like the hill tribes. The Viet Cong didn’t like them. Only the Americans were supportive when they were here. When they left and the North Vietnamese took over this was reason enough to cause more retribution.

They persevered and won converts. In doing so they helped the poorest of poor people on this earth. Gordon and Laura Smith are heroes who have no blood on their hands. The hill tribes were the poor of Vietnam. They were animist, people who believed there were a spirits in about everything. To them, these spirits demanded a blood sacrifice. So they were constantly killing animals to get blood to appease the spirits.

They were dirty, flea ridden people infected with all kinds of diseases. Gordon and Laura not only ministered to their spiritual needs but administered medicines and got them to adopt a cleaner way of life.

They also administered to people that even the hill tribes rejected. When the hill people got leprosy they were banned to a hut in the jungle to die. Gordon and Laura gathered these people and gave them medicine and food and ministered to their needs. The Smith’s went to India to get
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Just married. They were Canadians. Spent 1927-29 in France learning French and went to Cambodia in 1929.
trained on how to treat leprosy. They started two leprosariums, one in Banmethuot and one near Danang. Today, one still survives, Hoa Van Village near Danang which I visited. I am told that there are no new cases of leprosy in Vietnam. The people of Hoa Van were old people whose disease seemed to be under control.

Another practice of some hill tribes was sawing off their upper front six teeth. This was crudely done with a common saw. This was a practice discontinued when the people accepted a new way of life.

The Smith’s built orphanages, schools and Churches.

I was able to attend one of their Churches in Danang. The Church had just been officially recognized by the government in the fall of 2007. It had survived “underground” since 1975.

Gordon and Laura left Vietnam in 1973 because of health problems. Stanley Smith, his wife Ginny and four children left in 1975 on the last plane leaving Danang when the North Vietnamese were taking over the city. This was the famous flight where we at home on TV saw Vietnamese chasing the plane down the runway.

In the fall of 2007 Rev. Stanley Smith made this report to a Church in Ohio that supported their mission while they were in Vietnam.

I am attaching that report in its entirety:

Stan Smith’s report to the Chapel in Akron, Ohio
October 23, 2007
Greetings! Ginny and I want to first express our sincere gratitude for all that the Chapel has done for Vietnam. Your involvement started when my parents, Rev. Gordon & Laura Smith, became members of the Chapel while founder, Rev. Carl Burnham was pastor. For over 30 years, the Chapel’s support for us and the ministries in both Vietnam and Senegal have been very generous. We thank you so much!
My parents went to Vietnam in early 1934 with the C&MA after serving four years with them in Cambodia. They had a church planting ministry in Banmethuot and the Central highlands until 1956 when they moved to Danang on the coast to start a new ministry. They and several Vietnamese pastors started Vietnam Christian Mission (Hoi Truyen Giao Co-Doc Vietnam) with the primary goal of evangelizing the still unreached tribal groups of Vietnam. Ginny and I, along with other missionaries, joined them in 1960.
In 1975, the victorious Communists overwhelmed South Vietnam and all the missionaries had to leave.
At that time the Vietnam Christian Mission had
-10,000 Christians
-30 pastors and evangelists (3 pastors and their families were able to escape to the U.S. and one of
these was the Dang family whom my father asked the Chapel to sponsor)
-about 30 churches
-6 orphanages caring for 800 children in the cities of Kontum, Tuy Hoa, Quang Ngai, Tam Ky, and
two in Danang (China Beach orphanage and the Crescent Beach Orphanage)
-the Happy Haven Leprosarium located across the bay of Danang and the very important
Skin Clinic located on the Danang compound, which existed especially to look for and
successfully treat people from all walks of life who had leprosy (the least contagious of the
communicable diseases, yet with so much stigma attached to it).
-Danang Bible School/Church Planter training center and several elementary schools and high
schools connected to some of the churches, orphanages and the Leprosarium
-When the Communists took over they
• closed any churches where the pastor or evangelist had fled permanently or temporarily
• disbanded all the orphanages and sent the children back to their villages of origin, even if they had no immediate family there
• took over the Happy Haven Leprosarium - and placed government medical personnel in charge
• closed the Danang skin clinic and used it to house government personnel
• closed all of the Christian schools
• forced the closing of the Bible School and forbid Bible training, evangelism and church planting
But despite their efforts, the work of the Gospel continued --much of it underground - among the ethnic Vietnamese Kinh as well as among the tribal minority groups. There are countless stories of courage and sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel. Some lost their lives, others were imprisoned and beaten. Many spent hours at police headquarters being interrogated and forced to answer questions in writing about others and their activities.
Often stiff fines were imposed on the pastor and the church when they were caught meeting for worship. The favorite time for a police raid was when the Christians were celebrating Christmas together. The degree of persecution often depended on the whim of the local Province or District Chief.
Praise the Lord! Today, despite the government’s efforts to destroy the church, the Vietnam Christian Mission is now made up of 25,000-30,000 believers meeting in more then 200 places of worship. There are 200 Pastors, Evangelists and an additional number of church planters in training.
In the last few years, there have been some big improvements in the government’s attitude towards religious groups. One reason for this is economic. Vietnam wanted “favored nation” status with the US and other countries, and in order to do this they had to show the world that they had made major progress in their human rights record - especially in the area of religious freedom.
As part of this, the communist government has offered to give religious groups official recognition after requiring them go through a long process. The largest and oldest evangelical church, founded by the C&MA many years ago, received their recognition in 2001. Vietnam Christian Mission, affiliated with United World Mission since 1968, has been working very hard on their paperwork for over a year, and just a month ago was allowed to hold its first general assembly since prior to 1975, the final step in the process of receiving full national recognition. (Tu Cach Phap Nhan). The Baptists and Mennonites are also receiving government authorization to “practice their religions”.
There are mixed opinions on whether these new religious freedoms will continue. Someone who has watched the Vietnam situation for years believes “that the progress in religious freedom is almost irreversible.” Another Protestant scholar, a veteran of years under communism himself, feels “such optimism ignores the historic deceitful nature of communism and cautions vigilance.”
Our trip to Vietnam & short summary of the Sept. 17 & 18, 2007 Conference
“Ginny and I along with Dr. Minh Dang and his brother Dr. Son Dang, returned from Vietnam on the 23rd of September where we had a marvelous time. The main reason for the trip was to be present for this first General Assembly of the Vietnam Christian Mission since before 1975. Close to 1000 people were in attendance including 100 or so government officials. Our daughter Kathy and husband Rodney Duttweiler serve with United World Mission in Senegal, West Africa also traveled with us for this very significant event. Rodney, as Area Director for West and Central Africa, was UWM’s official representative at the conference.
The General Assembly (The Dai Hoi Dong) was held in the City of Danang in a large hall located just a few hundred yards from the beautiful South China Sea Beach. The hall is normally used for large musical events and parties so there was a large stage. Hundreds of chairs were set up downstairs and also in the balcony. The opening session included the large group of Communist representatives and across the entire front and below the stage were dozens of flower wreaths sent by many government committees (including the security police) congratulating the occasion.
The conference theme verse was I Thessalonians 5:18 - “Give thanks in all circumstances.” The speakers emphasized praising and worshipping God for all He has done and continues to do. Rev. Nguyen Toi, President of the VCM national church, talked about taking up the cross of Jesus and following Him. There were four large choirs that sang, -two of them from the ethnic minorities -Jeh and Jorai. They were all tremendous!
In his address to the opening session of the General Assembly, Dr Xuan, the deputy head of the Communist Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs, acknowledged Vietnam Christian Mission’s contributions and I quote, “to pursuing the goal and living according to the Gospel and serving God, the Fatherland and the Nation". He also said, “The General Assembly gives Christians a chance of promoting the spirit of unity, obeying the law, fulfilling their citizenship obligations and making further contributions to national construction and defense.”
At first the communist authorities were not going to allow Dr. Minh Dang or me to address the gathering. But after the deputy head of the Government’s Committee for Religious Affairs asked the President of the VCM national church who the foreigners were in the audience, he relented when it was explained to him that we both were sons of the former leaders of the mission. We were able to speak during the afternoon session!
During the two-day General Assembly, the church delegates approved the Vietnam Christian Mission charter, and elected its 11-member executive board. The next step for the VCM leadership was to finalize the procedures required by the government for submission to The Prime Minister in Hanoi for his signature and national legal recognition.
Trip to Dak Glei
After the conference, there was another highlight for us. We made a one day, 250 mile round trip on excellent roads, from Danang on the coast to the mountainous Dak Glei area near the Laotian border. This is where 11,000 believers from the Jeh minority group live and meet for worship in several dozen locations.
We were so blessed to be able to visit 7 of their chapels and meet with Pastor A-Ut and other church leaders plus some of the believers. The last time I was in this area was in 1972, just before it was overrun by Russian equipped North Vietnamese forces.
Legal Recognition is granted
Praise the Lord, on October 17 we received word from the President of the VCM national church stating that the Vietnamese government’s religious committee had informed the VCM (HTGCDVN) leadership that legal recognition has been granted and that the recognition ceremony should take place in Danang before the end of October! Preparations are now underway to have the ceremony on the 31st of October at a hotel in Danang. About 500 people will be there, including government dignitaries.
Please pray that this momentous occasion will bring much glory God and that this recognition will lead to the growth of His church. Jesus said that the He would build His church and that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
I would now like to show you a short clip from the documentary film,“Vietnam Mission” that my nephew, CBS producer Douglas W. Smith, made about his grandparent’s ministry in Vietnam. It is a compilation of footage taken over the years by my father and others, along with scenes that Doug took when he accompanied us to Vietnam in 1990 - our first trip back since having to leave under duress in April, 1975. It was a very emotional visit.
After the video clip, Dr. Minh Dang will speak”. Stanley Smith

While I was in Danang I had the pleasure of meeting some of the ministers of the Church that Gordon Smith built (not the physical structure because it was gone but the Church). I consider it my Church in Danang.
I met people who knew the Smiths. Stanley Smith talks in his report about being able to address the meeting. People I talked to said he did it in perfect Vietnamese. He and his parents must have been geniuses in languages. Gordon Smith put several hill tribes’ languages in writing. The Smiths not only learned Vietnamese but several hill tribes’ languages. My teacher here in Hanoi is a linguist researcher at Hanoi University and he would like very much to see Gordon Smiths work with these languages.
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Gordon built and had the first travel trailer in Vietnam. He did this because he could not stand to stay in the natives huts because of fleas etc. They dispensed medicine out of this trailer.


One of the women in the Choir, is a former orphan and one of the Smith’s orphanage who is now a Doctor at Danang’s medical clinic.

I met the main pastor of the Church Muc Su (Rev.) Nguyen Toi. He is a wonderful dedicated Church leader who has grown the Church through all these difficult times.

I also met Ngo Cong Thanh. One of the Church members who had a great story to tell about how he became a Christian. He was a boat person who made it to Hong Kong. There, in a refugee camp he would stand outside Church meetings led by a Singapore and Filipino Christians and listen to learn English. Through learning English he became aware of Christianity. He eventually decided to go back to Vietnam and make his life there. The police tried to talk him into becoming a Catholic or going back to being a Buddhist but he stayed his ground and is a leader of the Protestant Church of Danang today.
This is some of the legacy of the Missionary work of Gordon and Laura Smith and Stanley and Ginny Smith. Gordon Smith died in 1977 of stomach cancer and
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Used a flannel cloth with cut outs that would stick to the flannel.
Laura in 1977 from a stroke.
There work lives on.



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Not many good roads in Gordon Smith's days.
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The hill people loved their buffalo. Sacrificing them for blood was an extreme sacrifice for them.


17th September 2009

worked in Dak To and Kontum
i would verymuch like to learn the location of some of Muc Su Pham Dinh Tho's family. i plan to visit Viet Nam this Christmas and would like to visit with at least one of the family. Pastor Tho helped me learn Vietnamese and was a close friend and Christian brother from 1969 to 1972 when the North over ran the South Vietnamese forces in one night. Upon return to Viet Nam, in 1975 i learned that Pastor Tho had went to be with his Savior the year before in occupied Dak To. i would be very much grateful for any information you could give me Stanley and Laura. Your Christian friend of yesteryear, Ron Ackerman. Phone number 1309-212-0199
21st October 2009

Two great missionaries of VIETNAM
THESE ARE TO OF THE GREATEST MISSIONARIES EVER TO VIETNAM.WE LOVE WHAT GOD HAS DONE THROUGH THEM AND IN THEM ,TO BRING FOTH HIS MANTIFESTED PRESENCES IN SO MANY LIFES. LOVE,BRO.CASEY AND SIS. HA THI THU TRAN
12th November 2009

In Da Nang
I have been a missionary in China for the past 21 years and am now also focusing on Laos and Vietnam. I meet a young man from the VCM in China. This year he invited me to meet the president and vice president of the VCM here in Da Nang. I just had a great morning with them and tomorrow his son Doc is taking me into the mountains to see some of the needs their church have. I would love to get Stanly's states side phone number and call him once I get back from Vietnam on the 17th. Anyways, if there is some how I could get his number that would be great.
13th January 2010

i WAS AN ORPHAN IN THIS PLACE...THE gORDON sMITH ORPHANAGE. i WOULD LIKE TO GO THERE AGAN. iS IT STILL THERE. I LIVE IN nHA tRANG AND WOULD LIKE TO TAKE MY FAMILY
13th January 2010

The Gprdon Smith Orphanage
I am sorry to tell you that the Orphanage was destroyed after 1975. On the site today is an army barracks. Gordon and Laura Smith have passed away but I know Rev. Stan Smith, who was their son. If you would like to write him, send me an email to kentconverse2005@yahoo.com and I will forward your message.
22nd January 2010

great reading
I was surprised and pleased to come across this blog; Gordon and Laurie were my great-uncle and aunt, and we grew up in correspondence with them and hearing their stories when they came home to visit. We've also read our kids some of their books when we've been on long road trips (ie. "The Bloodhunters"--fascinating stuff). Might interest you to know that Laurie was, at one time, listed in the Who's Who Women of the World, and Gordon was in the Who's Who of American Men. Gordon's father was a missionary to Argentina in the late 1800's, commissioned, I believe, by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
24th January 2010

John Twinem
John, Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I am fascinated and have a great admiration for Gordon and Laura Smith. What they accomplished in Vietnam was very difficult. There mission continues to this day. Have you seen the DVD of their work? It is a professional DVD narrated by Charles Karult. I would be glad to send you a copy if you would send me your email and postal address. Warm Regards, Kent Converse kentconverse2005@yahoo.com
16th February 2010

THANKSFULL
i WAS AN ORPHAN SINCE 1960 TILL 1970 AT CHINA BEACH ORPHANAGE OF MR GORDON SMITH AND MOTHER LAURA . I BEEN THERE WITH THE HELPFUL OF THE TEACHERS . I ALWAYS REMEMBER THOSE LOVELY DAYS . WE HAD LEARNING , WENT TO SCHOOL ,CHURCH AND SPECIALY WAS WOULD BE THE GOOD CITIZEN AT OUR COUNTRY. MY COMENT WITH THE FULL THANKS THE GREAT PARENT AND GORDON SMITH FAMILY, I STILL A CHRISTIAN FAMILY AT OUR COUNTRY. MAY GOD BLUS FOR THE HELPING PROGRAM FOR THE ORPHANS SAME OUR SITUATION TODAY ON THE WORLD .
3rd August 2010

I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A DVD narrated by Charles Karult Thanks Kent.
26th August 2010

DVD of Rev Smith
An Duong, I will bring you the DVD of Smith's missionary work in Vietnam when I come through Hue in October. Yours, Kent
29th October 2010

Thanks Full
My name is Nghiep (ms ) I was an orphan at china beach orphanage of farther Gordon and mother Laura sine 1964 untill 1975 . I grew up from this place , I visited the blog and saw my photo ( the girl standing alone on the sea shore ) the photos renind me the sweet days of my chilhood at china beach orphage ,I had to school and verry good education . we are still the christian and we are the Pastors a church at my country . my son will be the Pastor in future , Thanks God . I verry emotional Gordon Smith and mother Laura pass away in 1973 . My coment thanks to teachers and others mothers to cared us in Jessus name . Thanks Kent who arrange the blog .
29th October 2010

I was an orphan at china beach orphange
My name is Nghiep (Ms ) .I was an orphan at china beach orphange of farther Gordon Smith and mother Laura since 1964 untill 1975.I was visiting on the blog and saw my photo ( the girl standing alone on the sea shore ) The photo remind me of the sweet days of my childhood at china beach orphanage. I grew up at this place, went to school and got a verry good educatoin , I coment with the full thanks to our parent Gordon Smith and Mother Laura / I ,m verry emotional they have pass away in 1973 . we are still a christian family and we are the pastors at a church at our country and my son will be a pastor in future. Thanks God . again give my thanks to the Kent family who arrange the blog . Thank you verry much teachers and the other mothers who cared us , in Jessus name .
4th November 2010

thanks full
My name is nghiep (ms ) I stayed china beach orphanage of Mr.Gordon smith and mother Laura 1964 -1975 . I verry happy to see my photo on the blog ,the girl who standing alone on the sea shore , that photo remind me the sweet days of my chilhood at orphanage of mother Laura and father Gordon smith . I still a christian family and special we are the pastors a church at our country . my son will be the pastor in future too. My coments with full thanks Gordon smith family and the teachers other mothers who cared us in Jessus name .Thanks Kent who arrange the blog , give us the good chance to remind the childhood days .
5th November 2010

THANKS FULL
OUR NAME ARE NGUYEN NAM AND MY WIFE PHAM THI NINH . BOTH OF US WERE THE ORPHANS AT CHINA BEACH ORPHANAGE SINCE 1964 UNTILL 1975 , WE GET MARIED IN1979 AND WE HAVE FOUR CHILDREN THEY ARE GROW UP SOME OF THEM HAVE FAMILY . I VERRY HAPPY TO VISIT THE BLOG AND SEE MY PHOTOS ON BLOG PAGE , " THE LITTLE BOY 4 YEARS OLD ALONE HAD LOOKING A LILTE MOUSE RUNING UNDER A SMALL TREE FRONT THE LONG HOUSE' THOSE PHOTOS REMIND US WITH THE LOVELY CHILDHOOD DAYS WE HAVE BEEN AT cHINA BEACH ORPHANAGE OF MOTHER LAURA AND FATHER GORDON SMITH / OUR COMENT WITH FULL THANKS THE TEACHERS AND MOTHERS WHO CARED US . THANKS ALOT TO STANLEY,S FAMILY AND KENT TO ARRANGE THE BEAUTIFUL BLOG. WE ARE THE CHRISTIANS FAMILY AT OUR COUNTRY
29th November 2010

Dinh Thi Muon
While stationed at DaNang AB, 1966-1967, I spent many off-duty hours at the China Beach Orphanage. The Director at the time was Dang Ngoc Cang and his wife Duyen (the parents of Dr Minh and Dr Son). My wife and I really wanted to adopt one of the orphans, Dinh Thi Muon, but for whatever reason it didn't happen. We have often wondered what happened to Muon. I still carry her picture with me 43 years later. I also have may photos of the other orphans taken on Tet, 1967. Do Ha, Nghiep, Nam or Ninh remember Muon and could they tell me what happened to her? She was about 7 years old at the time. Kent, do you have a spare DVD? It would be great to show at our church. Also could you send me Stan Smith's email, I have a couple of questions to ask him about the church at DaNang. It may have been one our augmented Chapel choir from DaNang sang at during Christmas, 1966. After the service we met with the church choir to share further music. I even have a recording of the Hallelujah Chorus in Vietnamese!
16th December 2010

Air Force also at China Beach Orphanage
I was stationed at Danang in the Air Force from April 1968 to March 1969. Although my squadron was restricted to base I got permission from my Squadron Commander and Wing Commander to visit some Vietnamese families in Danang City. I also visited the China Beach Orphanage and helped repair some small things that needed it. I will never forget the joy I had in meeting folks who knew how to love and serve their Savior and Lord. I even went to a Vietnamese Church service with a dear Christian family. One family in Danang City gave me a wonderful book with beautiful pictures and poetic writing about "Our Beloved Vietnam". I pray for the Church at Danang frequently.
19th January 2011

to stan Anderson
I already ask some of Dinh Thi Muon ,s Friends and they said ; Dind thi Muon was leltt Viet Nam before 1975 with her adopt father . may be he was Marine force , she lelft china beach orphanage on 1969 went to USA . I also ask her old sister Dinh Thi Manh she also an orphan with Muon since at China Beach Orphanage . But Dinh Thi Manh she want the any informationsster from her sister MUON but still quite . Dinh Thi Manh she is the docter , she working at a hospital at our country . she the one doctor of orphanage . sorry , Stan Aderson . we try to finding her but we can,t warm regards
19th January 2011

All you and your works
Thank you very much Mr. Gordon. I just happen to see and read your note which you posted on the Web and it is wonderful story as your parents had created during the 50 years had worked and lived among the tribal people. I just want to let you know that I really admired the spirits of your parents had had for the Lord. I will contact and get more information concerning the history of the Christian and Missionary Alliance entered to the Central Highland of tribal people : Jarai, Bahnar, Raday and Kaho and Bunong as they have associated with the work of your parents. Should you please do not hesitate to contact me when you have the time. I am looking forward to hearing from you again. I hoped you still remembered me the one who came to see you at your office in Charlotte. I am a Jarai pastor and currently serving the Jarai church in Charlotte. May the Lord bless you and also your loved ones. Pastor Glik Rahlan
9th February 2011

hoangkienbon@yahoo.com.vn
Khanh Hoa Province- Viet Nam 8th- February-2011 Thanks! The first, I would like to thank to my farther and my mother-Mr and Mrs Gordon and Laura Smith. I appreciate the support of Stanley and Ginny Smith for me. I also thank to Dear Ronnie because of beautiful picture. It is a great childhood, big memory ( a child seat beside a American man). I always miss Bob Martin, in every Sunday evening, he took me to Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang Street……and shared with our parentless.They are Sir Dorothee, Dinh Thi Muon, and friends….. My name is Hoang Kien Bon X269. I am a child, live at China Beach in 1964-1975. I never forget Diana, Simone, Ivol with their careness. If you want to connect with me,you can find me at: hoangkienbon@yahoo.com.vn And my cellphone number is 0904193843. Hoang Kien Bon
12th February 2011

hoangkienbon@yahoo.com.vn
Khanh Hoa Province- Viet Nam 8th- February-2011 Thanks! The first, I would like to thank to my farther and my mother-Mr and Mrs Gordon and Laura Smith. I appreciate the support of Stanley and Ginny Smith for me. I want to sent the thanks to Kent because of this blog. I also thank to Dear Ronnie because of beautiful picture. It is a great childhood, big memory ( a child seat beside a American man). I always miss Bob Martin, in every Sunday evening, he took me to Ngu Hanh Son, Da Nang Street……and shared with our parentless.They are Sir Dorothee, Dinh Thi Muon, and friends….. My name is Hoang Kien Bon X269. I am a child, live at China Beach in 1964-1975. I never forget Diana, Simone, Ivol with their careness. If you want to connect with me,you can find me at: hoangkienbon@yahoo.com.vn And my cellphone number is 0904193843. Hoang Kien Bon
13th March 2011

Dinh thi Muon found!
Just a note to say that thanks to Mr. Kent Converse and many people around the United States and in Vietnam I was able to find Dinh thi Muon. She was adopted from the China Beach (My Khe) orphanage in 1972 by a family in the United States and changed her name to Sarah. She is now living in Hawaii and I have talked with her on the telephone. It has been a long 31 year search. I would also like to thank Mr. Ha for trying to find information on her in Vietnam. Even though you did not have success, Mr. Ha, I really appreciate the effort you made. Thank you so much for trying.
13th March 2011

Congratulations Stan!!
Just read your entry on my blog. It is amazing how many people have read the blog and have been brought together. I am so happy your search was successful. Yours, Kent
13th March 2011

Hello
Hello Bon, I am glad you enjoyed the blog. Yes, Gordon, Laura and Stan and Ginny are amazing people. I did enjoy writing about them. Blessings, Kent
26th April 2011

Ruth Smith and the China Beach Orphanage
My mother Ruth Smith was the hostess for teams from the China Beach Orphanage in Viet Nam. The teams were composed of those who needed open heart surgery or who were looking to be adopted. We lived in Redondo Beach, California. We would pick up the teams at the airport, keep them in our home and sometimes take them to Disneyland. I have reconnected with Cong who was a little girl who was the only survivor in her village when it was attacked. I wonder what ever happened to a girl named Trai who came for open heart surgery and was adopted by an American family named Kramer. Her American name was Sarah Kramer. Please pass my meassage and information on to Stanley Smith. God bless! Bill Shuler
26th April 2011

the katu girl from chinabeach orphanage
Thank God for the internet! Thank God for Amarica! and Thank God for all the people who really cared for me and saved me from the war zones. I am alive and well today because of you the missionaries, the soldiers, and the will of God who has other purposes for me and a long happy life is what i need since the day i was born.I am proud to be a christian, an american, a widow, and an independent thinker. I am grateful to learn everything about God, the people, and the world that god has created for us all to live and enjoy until the day he decided to return to us again. That's all i have to say at this time. Sarah/muon.
23rd October 2011

Prayer SOS from near Danang
Cau nguyen cho muc su Thien An va Gia dinh dang bi bat Bo o quang ngai. Xin Chua bao ve tanh mang cam on
28th June 2012


I thank God and your church for helping me survive the life which i could had been doomed from the war. I am glad that i learn how to use the computer by now because i don't want to be left behind. I am glad to know how much you care for the people like me who was set aside from the normal world because we looked different and had bad living condition. Forever i am indebt to you and God. Sarah/Muon Ps; Thanks for letting others know where to find me and you.
7th August 2012

Hello
Sara, where do you live? Kent kentconverse2005@yahoo.com

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