We received reports of two dedicated Christians — both from Vietnam — who died recently.

Though they didn’t know each other in life, they shared hardships and a common faith.

The first is Can Van Tran, who died Feb. 14 at age 97. Born in Hanoi, Vietnam, he moved with his wife and six children to South Vietnam in 1954, when the country was divided into two nations. Fluent in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese, Tran got a job as a translator for the U.S. embassy in Saigon.

He met a group of U.S. servicemen who were members of Churches of Christ. Tran, who had served in an evangelical church, volunteered to translated their sermons into Vietnamese. Influenced by the church members’ teaching and his own studies, Tran was baptized in 1968 and later became a minister for the Saigon Church of Christ.

Ralph Burcham, a missionary who worked in Vietnam, tells more about Tran’s story in his book “Vietnam: Triumphs and Tragedies.”

Shortly before the fall of Saigon in 1975, Tran and his family left Vietnam for the U.S., with assistance from church member Bill Estep. The family became members of the Mayfair Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. Tran got a job as a tutor and adviser for Vietnamese students at Classen High School, where he worked for 10 years.

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