On January 6, 1992, fire broke out at the building that housed VTC. All was destroyed. It was a devastating blow for the college. It seemed, at the time, the end of the college. 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1988 1989 1990 1991 1993 1994 1996 1998 2000 2001 2004 2006 2008 2009 In September that very same year, VTC moved to a newly purchased building at 14032 Lake Street, Garden Grove, California. Training in Vietnam began with the collaboration of Rev. Pham Xuan Thieu, who graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Students had to meet with the instructors one by one or in a very small group, take lessons, and complete assignments in their own homes to avoid persecution from the government. Because of the socio-political condition at the time, a certificate program would take up to ten years to complete. The demand for ministerial training in Vietnam was increasing as the number of house churches grew and the only Bible College of the Evangelical Church in Vietnam had been closed since 1976. VTC responded to the need and was able to contribute to the tremendous growth of the Vietnam church under severe persecution.