January 26, 2021

Tears of An Exile, the Memoirs of Pastor Vu Duc Chang

The Chang's

Tears of An Exile, the Memoirs of Pastor Vu Duc Chang, who was the former assistant ministry of Education in Viet Nam, a family who survived through three exiles in their blessed life as believers. He was like a Daniel. He wrote in his preface,

“It was the third time we had lost everything we possessed. In 1951, we tragically had to flee our native village.  My parents,  my wife and I were forced by circumstances to leave our homes, rice fields, orchards, fish ponds, properties and our cherished ancestral tombs. In 1954, just three turbulent years later, we left Hanoi after the Geneva Partition agreement and left behind everything we had accumulated in that short period and fled to Saigon empty handed. For the next twenty one years, we worked diligently in South Viet Nam rebuilding our lives, raising a family, and serving our fellow citizens and the LORD, never imagining that in April 1975, we once again would be swept up in the tide of history and be forced to flee our beloved homeland and lose almost everyone and everything we had grown to treasure in the home of our nativity.

Through these tragic circumstances we have come to fully grasp the true meaning of these beautiful verses in Mathew 6:19-20~

“Don’t store up measures here on earth where they can erode away or may be stolen. Store them in heaven where they will never lose their value, and are safe from thieves.”

We draw great solace from His Word and promises.  The following verse is the basis of the title of the Memoirs you hold in your hand, Tears of An Exile.

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), In the LORD (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Our Lord God Almighty is blessing us and our posterity from generation to generation.
My paternal grandparents, and my parents on both sides had experienced it.
My wife and I have been and are experiencing  this great blessing.
We pray and hope that our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will continue to enjoy the same blessing in order to perpetuate a tradition of piety and devotion, for God’s glory.


About jstephens

James C. Stephens was a graduate of a Buddhist Study Academy and a Buddhist leader for fourteen years (1970-1984). In 1978, he married Elizabeth, a Jewish Buddhist at a Buddhist temple. Following an accident in Japan in 1981 while on a Buddhist pilgrimage followed by an intense three year spiritual search through various other faiths and practices, James and Elizabeth made the decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ. James graduated in 1999 with a MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and in 2010, launched http://www.worldviews101.com/ which offers a twelve week course "A Christian Perspective on the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism."

He and his wife enjoy Landscape architecture, gardening, making kombucha and kefir, film, screenwriting, literature, and music.

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