Son Van is originally from Vietnam but moved to the United States for high school in 2008. While studying Applied Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University Son started wrestling with questions about the existence of God and how a scientist could be religious. By God’s grace, and through a faithful Christian friend, he ended up at City Reformed Presbyterian church, where he heard the gospel and came to saving faith in Christ. He would go on to attend the same church in Pittsburgh for the following few years before moving to Philadelphia to work as a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. When he arrived in Philly he didn’t know many people but on the recommendation of a few friends he attended Tenth for an evening service. There he met several of Tenth’s young adults who invited him to After Hours (one of Tenth City Network’s monthly events) where he became more broadly acquainted with the community of Young Adults at Tenth. Several invited him to attend a Small Group later that week which he attended.
It has now been almost a year since Son first came to Tenth. Since his arrival he has been faithfully involved in Tenth’s Young Adults ministry as well as the broader life of the church. It did not take him long to express an interest in church membership and then become active in serving Tenth’s church family. Son now volunteers with TCN’s leadership team, Tenth’s tech team, and currently helps lead his small group. Lord willing, he hopes to lead his own intergenerational small group this fall.
Son has two more years of his postdoc at Penn, after which he feels that God is calling him back to his home country of Vietnam where his parents currently reside. He would like to be nearer to them and hopes to teach Math at one of the local universities. When the time comes, Son also feels passionate about serving as an elder in Vietnam where the church is growing and in need of godly and qualified men. If you see Son around, be sure to say hello and get to know him!
Son is just one of many of Tenth’s young adults who has found a community and fellowship within TCN. As a ministry this is what we exist for — to connect young adults with one another and to the broader body at Tenth church, discipling them as they grow up and into Christ as their head. Please pray for us as we seek to do this. Learn more about us on our webpage, or on social media @TenthCityNetwork.
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