Redeemed to Resc
A woman from Vietnam, sponsored by Kamloops Alliance Church and trained
at Prairie Bible College, has now been ministering in the name of Christ in Ho
Chi Minh City for 14 years. By Deborah Meroff
cindy Luu with one of the male residents at “Jesus' House,” a home that shelters the elderly.
Cindy Luu lay crammed among 700 others in the bottom of a 32-foot boat. Only the very desperate at- tempted to escape Vietnam’s Communist regime in the late 1970s. In the South China Sea they ran into pir- ates who robbed them and raped some of the women.
The ship was able to continue towards Malaysia, its occupants
suffering increasingly from exposure, hunger and thirst.
Then a navy ship approached and everyone cheered, hoping
for rescue. But the sailors towed their small craft further out to
sea and cut it loose, directing the occupants to keep going.
They eventually made it to Indonesia. At a refugee camp, Luu
managed to make contact with members of her family who had
Kamloops Alliance Church in British Columbia agreed to sponsor her. She was put on a plane that stopped on the way at a Montreal army immigration centre. She still remembers the humiliation
of having her old clothing taken away and being hosed down like
an animal. But in British Columbia she was finally reunited with
her mother and sisters, and given a warm welcome by the church.
In Saigon the Luu family had made a living by selling Buddhist
idols. In Canada Cindy Luu was exposed to Christianity for the first
time. After many months a Cantonese-speaking student, visiting
from Regina Bible School, showed her the way to a new life in Jesus.