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Vietnam vets organizing reunion of former Saigon Baptist church

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    Vietnam vets organizing reunion of former Saigon Baptist church
    By Hannah Elliott
    Published: May 22, 2007

    HIDEAWAY, Texas (ABP) -- Baptist churches, sometimes known for holding endless committee meetings and forming factions pitted against each other for slight offences, could learn a thing or two from Trinity Baptist Church of the former Saigon, Vietnam.

    According to Jim and Mary Humphries, who led the church from 1966 to 1973, each deacon knew it was up to him to protect the others from attack, so they created a de facto plan of action. No one ever questioned the plan, and it certainly wasn't voted upon.

    "There were no coverings over the open windows, so in the event a grenade had been thrown into a window, the deacon nearest the spot where it was thrown had the responsibility to pick it up and toss it out, if there was time," Mary Humphries said. "If not, he would cover the grenade with his body, so that others, especially women and children, would not be killed. If the grenade landed in the pulpit area, my husband would be responsible."

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