We are Phuong and Elissa Le, founders of Living Hope ministry in Vietnam! Elissa is from the United States, but after going for a one month volunteer trip to teach English, she fell in love with the people, culture, and country of Vietnam. Two weeks after graduating university with a degree in elementary education, she made the move to live in Vietnam. A couple months after arriving in 2013, she met and fell in love with Phuong.
Phuong grew up in a family split between Christianity and communism. Because of this, he went through a rebellious phase of addiction to drugs and alcohol, as well as gang involvement. After having a personal encounter with Christ and being discipled by strong Christian men, his life had already been completely transformed by the time he met Elissa. We have now been happily married and serving the Lord together since 2015. Our desire with Living Hope currently has 3 parts.
1 - Rehabilitation ministry. With Phuong's experience recovering from addiction, his passion is to help lead and disciple other men through rehabilitation. We partner with Christian rehab centers to help men turn from addiction, then Phuong is the follow-up step to help mentor them into men of influence for their families and extended community.
2 - Food delivery for the poor, disabled, and elderly. We provide free meals on a biweekly basis to people in hard circumstances. This outreach shows the love of God through meeting physical needs in the community.
3 - Free housing for families in hard circumstances. We run a safe house for single mothers, people with disabilities, and the elderly. This project is to help families pay off debts and start saving for the future as they live rent free and receive scholarships to send their children to school.
Since Living Hope is a ministry that we have started ourselves, we are in need of financial assistance to continue running all of these projects. Elissa is currently employed as a teacher, while Phuong is transitioning into full time ministry. Your partnership of financial donations and/or prayer support will be a great blessing to help our family continue doing the good work God has placed before us.
Phuong and Elissa