Counterbalance our mission，平衡的福音使命
Training of volunteers，全面的志工培训
From the biblical teaching and the example of Jesus who walked the talk, Christian should realize that the Great Commandment of “Loving God and others” is not a choice but a must for us to abide. Thus, churches have to obey this Great Commandment to care for the underprivileged group in the community according to the move of Holy Spirit. Here I stated the necessary preparation steps which I proposed to Chinese churches continually for the past 5 years, about bearing the Great Commandment. I summarized it by the acronym of A.C.T.I.O.N. and named it as the action plan for loving God and others.
Chinese churches in Malaysia should feed their members about the requirement and practice of the Great Commandment from the Bible through Sunday pulpit and disciple training. Keep all church members awake about the urgent needs of sheep outside the pen through Sunday service specially allocated for grass root, poverty and needs of the world. Church fellowship or cell group can enhance Christian lives to become more lively and outgoing through bible study, caring talk, and visit or voluntarily help the underprivileged group. Remember the underprivileged people, care-givers and the needs of the community in prayer regularly and give with a grateful heart to respond to the move of the Holy Spirit. Every year, HISTEAM will organize awareness road show regarding “to act justly and to love mercy” in different cities in Malaysia. We also deliver social concern related messages through Sunday pulpit. We welcome you to invite HISTEAM’s staff and mentors to share about social concern awareness message in your church cell group, fellowship, Sunday pulpit or Mission Conference.
Counterbalance our mission
The instruction given by Jesus to the church is not only the Great Commission (go and make disciples of all nations), but also the Great Commandment (love God and others wholeheartedly) that is being neglected by Chinese churches. The gospel that Jesus preached is not only for sinners of the world (as there is no one righteous) but also good news to the poor (as the poor and underprivileged hardly receive the good of the gospel). Churches could not just tell non-believers in words that Jesus loves them so much, but in a more effective way would be letting them experience Jesus’ love through our action with love. It’s time for God’s people to share the holistic gospel with people on the Earth through all churches! Through “Malaysian Christian Holistic Care Conference” which will be held in every four years, HISTEAM wish to adjust the pace of evangelistic mission among Chinese churches to be more balance and pleasing God. Those who miss our first holistic care conference can purchase a full set of conference CD/DVD to listen to 14 important messages being delivered.
Training of volunteers
Chinese churches do not lack of Good Samaritan with good vision and spiritual gift. They are pearls waiting for pastoral leader to discover, encourage and commission to serve the community. However, Chinese churches lack of practical courses that can equip them with helping skills, general knowledge to care others and a compassionate heart. My past experience in training more than 2000 volunteers from religious group, non-government organization and social organization nationwide convinced me that comprehensive volunteer training not only can avoid the helper to deteriorate the situation, but also ensure them to serve in longer term and more joy. In the next 10 years, HISTEAM will assist churches to strengthen their social concern service through “7979 Holistic Care Station”. We will provide free volunteer training to assist churches in implementing Crisis Family Intervention Plan, After School Care for Underprivileged Kids and Major Disaster Response.
Bible clearly stated that if God’s people do not have vision, they will not do what God wants them to do but working on something God does not delight in. Hence, the church today needs to carry out this action plan of loving God and others steps by steps and by faith in the spiritual life of every believers and every function of the church. The Greatest Commandment needs our greatest obedience. Are you willing to respond to this great commandment through your submissive act?
(Note: The next 3 action I.O.N. to be continued in next issue.)
Written by Pastor Andrew Wong in Xining, Qinghai