HIF is a Christian community of internationals living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam. We welcome all who seek to know, worship and serve Jesus Christ. Started in 1995 by a dozen evangelical expats meeting in a living room, HIF today consists of three congregations with over 500 people and 50+ nationalities in regular attendance. You can join us at one of these Sunday services or in any of our numerous activities. You are welcome!
By the year 2020, together with your help and in God’s power, we seek to accomplish the following objectives:
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work” (Ephesians 4:16). Join HIF and sign up to do your part in serving one another! Choose from our diverse ministries and a myriad of ways to use your talents and gifts. Please fill out our volunteer form at one of our Sunday services.
Love Hanoi is a campaign launched by HIF to inspire and mobilize individual, corporate and public initiatives for the benefit of the city. We all have expertise, knowledge and resources. While in Hanoi, why not help the city as well as enjoy the city? Will the city be a better place because you have been here? Visit www.lovehanoi.org to find out more!
Through our CityPartners ministry, there are multitudes of opportunities to serve with one of the NGOs and charity projects in the city. Below is a listing of our partners. For more information and to volunteer, please visit www.citypartners.vn.
Not only are we glad when you arrive, but we are also excited to send you off to your next destination! HIF experiences a high turn-over of about 1/3 per year. We are blessed to send out so many to every continent and urban centers to be a blessing to the nations. Contact us to let us know where you’re headed and we can help you connect with an international church like HIF before you even launch. Our vision is that you will be more prepared and equipped for service by the time you leave. Here are some helpful links to int’l church networks and families in transition.
Are you moving or traveling in country? Find out more information about international fellowships in HCMC, Danang and Hanoi.
MICN is a growing network of expatriate international churches who desire to be missional in thought and practice. Pastor Jacob is on the leadership team of MICN and helps in organizing their annual conferences.
Download here a list of English-speaking evangelical churches around the world.
International Students, Inc., exists to share Christ’s love with international college students. Since 1953, ISI has been training Americans to meet international students’ needs. Our services include help improving your English, airport pickups, help in adapting to your new environments, international student activities, and many more. For more information about the organization, visit isionline.org.
TCKI equips TCKs (Third Culture Kids) educationally, emotionally, and spiritually to handle the challenges they will face, engages TCKs in a passionate walk with the Father, enables parents to fulfill their calling.
The mission of Interaction International is to be a catalyst and a resource working cooperatively in the development of programs, services and publications to provide and contribute to an ongoing flow of care that meets the needs of Third Culture Kids* (TCKs) and internationally mobile families.
Pastor Jacob Bloemberg, together with his wife, Linda, and his family, have lived in Hanoi since 1997. Jacob is of Dutch origin while Linda is American. First working with a Christian NGO in orphanages and other projects, Jacob became the pastor of HIF in 2005. Jacob is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute in NY, USA, and has an MA in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, VA, USA. He is currently working on his doctorate in City Transformation at Bakke Graduate University, applying his learning to HIF’s “Love Hanoi” campaign. Linda is the School Counselor at Concordia International School. They have three children, two living in the USA and the youngest a student at Concordia.
Pastor John Johnson and his wife, Gwen, have lived and worked internationally for more than 25 years. They have called South Korea, Egypt, Lebanon, and Guam “home”. While most of their international experience has been in the area of leadership development, they also pastored the Cairo Christian Fellowship and Beirut International Church. Just prior to coming to HIF, Pastor John taught ministry, spiritual formation, Bible, and cross-cultural discipleship at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon, USA. Pastor John and Gwen have two adult married children and two grandsons.
Pastor Charlie was born in Scotland in 1956. He became a Christian in 1983 through the witness of Leeds City Mission where he went on to become an evangelist in Leeds. He graduated from Faith Mission Bible College Edinburgh in 1987 and NTC Manchester in 1993. Since then Charlie has pastored in both Scotland and England and was ordained into the Elim Pentecostal Church of Tanzania in 2008 where he was also principal of an international school. Recently Charlie has been an international school principal in Beijing and is currently principal of Gateway International school Hanoi and is Pastor of All Nations Christian Church in the city’s bustling tourist area. His wife Jasmine is from Shanghai and is a trained Mandarin teacher and translator. Charlie and Jasmine have a daughter Holly, who was born in Vietnam in June 2015.