40 Years Celebration In Remembrance of God’s Grace

By Nha Long Xiong

September 5, 2015 – Lao Evangelical Church Headquarter and its local churches celebrated the 40 years for God bringing our people to America.

The celebration event took place in Santa Ana, CA., at the Lao Evangelical Church of Santa Ana. Click here to watch the full video.

The local weather was in the high 77 degrees with a beautiful sky and cool ocean breeze throughout the day of the celebration.DSC01170

The tent set up outside of the church parking lot and it held about 500 white folding plastic chairs inside. There were approximately more than 400 to 450 people show up for the celebration. Mostly, they all came from Northern, Central Valley, Southern California, Nevada, and Utah.

IMG_0972The celebration event marked the 40th year of the Hmong and Lao people having left Laos and resettled here in the United States of America.

In celebrating this event together, it was to give thanks to the Lord for His magnificent blessing and providing the Hmong and Lao people the freedom to worship Him and to improve the lives in this land of opportunity.

DSC00946Many great speakers were invited to speak at this event. Reverend Mouchou Mouanoutoua, one of the co-founders, had shared about the history of the Lao Evangelical Church and the 40 years celebration “The meaning of number 4th and 40th in a Christian’s life.”DSC01036

Another speaker who shared about “Where are the LEC 40 years from today” was Paul Lo, first Hmong-American Superior Court Judge, who is currently serving in the County of Merced, CA.

Some of the entertainment moments from this event were the master ceremony (MC), guest singers, church choir to the live music playing by both Santa Ana Youth and Sacramento Youth Band.

Booth was set up by each local church for displaying of its history and to fundraise.

The tombstone and time capsule memorial tree were planted at the Lao Evangelical Church of Santa Ana in remembrance of God’s grace. Each of the local church was bringing one item that commemorates its church history to place inside the time capsule box. The time capsule box shall not be opened for another 40 years.

The celebration event ended with a great commemoration and joy.
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Click to watch the video below for some media highlights from the event.

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