Holistic cares enter into China; Holistic cares come out of China
I’ve been hearing the calling to respond to the needs in China for quite some time. I’ve also been invited several times to respond to the needs of the poor and marginalized group over there. However, due to our local caring ministry is still in the infancy stage, it’s really hard for me to spare any time there. Last year, when we responded to the Sichuan Earthquake relief and rebuilding projects, God brought me to China to witness with my own eyes how great is the burden and passion of the local churches in China toward caring ministry. This year, I heed the invitation of “Hua Xia Mission”,represent HISTEAM to teach in the local theological school of China. In May 2009, as my family and I went to Sichuan to follow up on Sichuan Earthquake rebuilding work progress, we also went to Wen Zhou and delivered the course “Introduction to church’s social ministry” in two different theological schools. At the same year in November, I taught the same subject in theological school in Hang Zhou and Wen Zhou respectively. Every time after teaching, the pastors and students in China show great appreciation for the enlightenment from the Bible about the Great Commandment to love God and others and why the church needs to walk into the lives of the marginalized group. I’m touched every time I watched them praying fervently and earnestly inviting Holy Spirit to pour down the vision of caring and the passion of loving others as ourselves. Personally I realize that I should respond to the needs in China, nurture the Church while opportunity still available, while getting myself ready when gospel and cares come out of China soon.
Holistic cares enter into seminaries; Holistic cares come out from seminaries
God does not look down on me because I’m young. He guides me as early as in year 2004 to teach social concern courses in our local seminaries. This year God opened the way for HISTEAM because we were given the opportunity to teach in “Isaiah School”, “Jubilee Initiatives Malaysia”, “Sabah Theological Seminary”, “Malaysia Bible Seminary” and “Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary”. Courses taught were:
1. Introduction to church’s social ministry
2. Caring for the poor and marginalized in Malaysia
3. Holistic mission and holistic caring
4. Preparation before establishment of caring ministry
With fear and trembling, we shoulder the educational responsibility of moulding the future Chinese churches to respond to the Great Commandment. Prayerfully that God will prepare future pastors and leaders to be more willing to be the hands and feet of Christ. Thus obey God’s “Go and do likewise”, so that through studies, caring will also being realized.