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Vol. 10 No. 1
January/February 2006

A. Doors of Opportunity
B. Mission Challenges
C. Abundant Blessings
D. A Little Lit More
E. Love in Action
F. Global Prayer Focus


 
HAND IN HAND & HEART TO HEART
- Partners in Mission -
Dr. Alton A. Gould
Chairman Emeritus
     ECF Ministries continue to be a source of inspiration and blessing. An enlarged outreach offers greater challenge and opportunities throughout Asia. Living in 2006 is a unique experience with so many wonderful gadgets and 'mysteries'. A new plastic packaging material dissolves in water, immediately releasing the contents for use. Many people today seem to try to encase themselves in dissolvable plastic so that they can see what is going on in their world but not become involved in it. Such was the attitude of two in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10). In this parable, Jesus spoke directly to our day. Despite the increasing intrusion of government, business and other agencies that seek to gather information about individuals, man still expresses a great need for privacy. This desire is carried to such an extent that many do not know their next door neighbor by name; they have unlisted phone numbers so they cannot be bothered; they do not answer the phone in case there is a demand made. Jesus taught not only should we know our neighbor, but also we should be willing to minister to others. He taught further that we should be willing to go to the aid of all, wherever they may be, should they need our help.

    Reading this story we realize that he who was so honored and remembered is the person who went all the way, not only ministering to the spiritual but also to the physical. Concern created action! It was his compassion, backed by the supplying of a need that endeared him to the suffering one. "In as much as you have done it unto one of the least, you have done it unto (and for) Me". This is the desire of ECF International in 2006 -that God will give the organization, together with the great family of supporters, an increased compassion for all who are in physical and spiritual need. 'Hearts broken for a world in need-being the hands of Jesus ... serving in His stead!'

    "Jesus when He saw ... His heart was moved with compassion ... and He reached out in love ... He ministered". ECF endeavors to minister to the whole person by combining compassionate care with a compassionate Jesus! The question that faces all who minister is 'how can we most effectively minister to the physical as well as the spiritual needs of the peoples of the countries in which we serve?' All must share the passion. One expresses it thus - "I saw the need; I felt the need; the door opened; I walked through, seeing their great need and realizing if I was in their shoes, I would seek every day in every way to help."

    With your concern, help and support, ECF has the opportunity to provide the resources people need to improve their lives. Helping children and families throughout the countries in which we minister; helping those who cannot always help themselves as we offer assistance for food, education, clothing, and reaching them with the Gospel of Christ. Nothing is more heartfelt than those in need. The difference you make could make all the difference in a family, in a child's life and in their world. Henry Martyn who lived his life for the peoples of India wrote: "The Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of Missions. The closer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary and concerned we become." It is a passion to share - not only a passion for the souls of lost peoples throughout our world but also a vision for meeting the physical and social needs.

    Let us be partners in mission, HAND IN HAND & HEART TO HEART, reaching out in love.


 
EXPANDING GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
For Soul Winning, Leadership Training & Community Changing
    As we are faced with SEVENFOLD OF CHALLENGES in the New Year, ECF Inc. and ECF International are committed, by faith in the Lord, to work in partnership with other Christian organizations and government agencies for the promotion and the accomplishment of the following ministries and programs in 2006:

(1) OVERSEAS MISSIONS:
     a. Support missionary outreach in Macau, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and China
     b. Hold Evangelistic meetings in Germany, Thailand, Canada, India, Macau, Hong Kong, China, and Singapore
     c. Organize International Mission Trips for Board members

(2) LOCAL MINISTRIES:
     a. Start a new church planting program in the greater Los Angeles areas
     b. Sponsor Summer English teaching teams to China
     c. Conduct ESL programs in Monterey Park
     d. Hold Cultural exchange programs
     e. Support China Bible Ministry Exhibition in USA

(3) EDUCATION TRAINING:
     a. Build a school in China
     b. Coordinate Scholars exchange/Leadership Development program
     c. Support Computer training

(4) CHRISTIAN CHARITY:
     a. Support Homes for the Elderly in China
     b. Organize Community outreach programs
     c. Care for the homeless, orphans and needy children

(5) LITERATURE/PUBLICATIONS:
     a. Expand the Christian Resource Center in Monterey Park
     b. Publish 3 magazines and other Christian materials

(6) MASS MEDIA:
     a. Produce a Community TV Forum
     b. Produce a Church documentary series in China

(7) UNIVERSITY OUTREACH:
     a. Coordinate student ministry in 4 campuses
     b. Improve special leadership training programs
     c. Provide scholarships to needy and qualified students


The Paul C.C. Szeto Fellowship Program for Global Studies and Research
Established at FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
     On January 22, 2006, Dr. Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary and a member of the Board of Trustees, held a special dinner meeting at the University Club in Pasadena where a special endowment presentation of $1million was made by Dr. Harold Lane, Chairman of ECF International Council, to set up the Paul C.C. Szeto Fellowship Program for Global Studies and Research. Over 150 people attended this function. Please pray for the rich partnership between these two mission-minded organizations.

PURPOSE
     The Paul C. C. Szeto Fellowship Program has been established through a partnership between ECF International and Fuller Theological Seminary. The purpose of the program is to honor the international Christian service of Dr. Paul C. C. Szeto, ECF President for 25 years, by
(1) providing scholarships for international students; and
(2) supporting faculty research that will enrich the study and understanding of cultures and people across the globe.

AMOUNT AND DESIGNATION OF FUND
     An endowment of $1 million, donated by ECF International, will enable Fuller to provide, in perpetuity, annual funding for the Paul C. C. Szeto Fellowship Program for Global Studies and Research. This will provide fellowships for international students as well as resources for international research, study, and travel by Fuller faculty.

QUALIFICATIONS OF RECIPIENTS
     Recipients of the Paul C. C. Szeto Fellowship Program shall meet the following specific criteria to be eligible for an award:
     -In the selection process, an emphasis will be placed on students from China and other Asian countries, as well as countries from across the globe.
     -International research grants will be made available to selected members of the Fuller faculty.



 
GOSPEL CANTONESE OPERA
     ECF is sending its second Gospel Cantonese Opera Mission to Macau, Seihui, Kaiping, and Hong Kong from March 19th to 24th. The team is under the leadership of John Ho and its members are Eddie Chan, Kenneth Chan, Lisa Ng, Susanna Lam, and Annie Ho. Traditional Chinese Operatic scenes will be staged and songs with Gospel lyrics will be presented. Cantonese Opera is the most favorite musical form in Southern China. Through familiar tunes sung with Gospel lyrics, the audience is apt to repeat the message by heart.
     A total of US$5,000 is needed to fund this mission project. Half of the total has been pledged; however, another $2,500 is urgently needed. The Mission team hopes that you can support them with your prayers and love gifts.


A TIME FOR JOY IN CHRIST
     With love and hearty support from donors, ECF has been providing care and services to the elderly living in Senior Homes in Shanghai, China. The Chinese government officials treasure this service partnership with ECF with deep appreciation.
     Rita Zhou, ECF Coordinator in China, visited the Home for the Elderly in Shanghai and distributed gifts to its residents during Christmas. Everyone shared moments of joy, celebrating the birth of Christ and sharing His love.



 
R.S. Carlson
     The name of the month of January derives from the Janus of Roman mythology, considered a god of gates and beginnings. Often, Janus was portrayed in sculpture with two faces. Thus he was able to look two ways at one time.

     Likewise, computer technology has two faces. We can write and transmit text, or take and transmit pictures, more efficiently than ever before with our computer technology. However, with amazing capacity also comes amazing sensitivity. Only a slight move of a column margin or a change in borders can rearrange a line, a paragraph or a whole page of text in an instant.

     Often, with prose, slight changes in margins make no difference to the form and theme. Traditional format poems, though, with set patterns of rhythm within the lines and specific rhyming words at the ends of lines can be radically disrupted by a slight margin shift, and such happened with the poem used in our last issue.

     In parallel to the mythic two faces, in this issue will take a second look at the variant sonnet The Village,?with a portion of its explanation which will make good sense only when the rhyming words at line ends are in their expected positions.

    
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     The poem came to hand in the form of an irregular or variant sonnet. It uses fourteen lines with five major stresses (or stressed syllables) per line. Both factors are expected in sonnet form.

     The rhyme scheme at the ends of the lines, however, shows a mix of the patterns expected in the English and the Italian formats. The strict English or Shakespearean sonnet uses a rhyme scheme of ababceceefefgg, ending in a couplet. Commonly, the first twelve lines would pose a situation, and the closing two lines would give the response.

     The strict Italian or Petrarchan sonnet would use a rhyme scheme of abbaabba in the first eight lines or octave, and the last six might use cdecde, or cdcdcd, or some other arrangement that does not end in a couplet. In content, the Italian sonnet commonly poses a situation in the first eight lines, and gives a response in the last six. For centuries, sonnets were used for themes of friendship and love.

     This poem uses a rhyme pattern of abbacddc in the octave, the Italian manner of rhyming in the octave, but the second four lines of the eight uses a different pair of rhyming words. In the sestet, the poem uses three couplets ?eeffgg. The shift of specific rhymes in the octave and the ending couplet are English sonnet traits. Thus, the poem mixes the traditional usages of rhyme in the sonnet traditions. In theme, the poem departs from the dominant convention of using sonnet form for love poems, broaching a theme of tragic loss instead.

The Village

Each year the village stands an autumn storm. The onshore gale winds thrash the rising tide, tumbling logs adrift from the bay's wide beaches into the river mouth to swarm, jammed and butting, a mile up the slough. Sucked out, they lunge and gouge the river bank, undermining another cabin or two. The rank sea water fouls the wells and spreading through the streets, sets all awash. Every year the winds and tide join force to slice and tear more ground away. But no one wants to move the village because it's difficult to improve on heritage, though all concede the day will come when tides will sluice it all away.

First published in POETRY/LA 11 (October 1985).

Future Focus
A new focus will be coming to this page in future issues. We will use the title "In Context", and will explore pertinent social, cultural, demographic, and geographical aspects of the countries in which ECF is active. Evangelism, education, and social services for young and old are never conducted in a vacuum. People working with other people for growth and change will be effective in their missions if those desiring to help understand the strengths and needs of the ones they wish to serve. Likewise, those who support ECF projects through prayer and donation will focus their attention astutely as they increase their appreciation of the real-life contexts of the children and adults whom ECF serves.


 
Philippines

Sponsored children in the Philippines
examine their newly received school shoes


Cambodia

Cambodian teenagers receive their Certificate of Completion for
Computer Training at the ECF Computer Center in Phnom Penh


Macau

Macau Grace Chapel's congregation
increased its membetship in 2005


India

The children of Grace Home in Guntur
celebrate Christmas with gifts from Sponsors





We are in urgent need of 25 new sponsors in 2006.
If you want to help a needy child, become a sponsor and touch a life with God's love.
Please contact Kate Reyes at the ECF Headquarters.


 
Please pray for Dr. Szeto and those who are involved in the ECF Global Partnership in 2006.

1. January 22 -- Dr. Harold Lane, Chairman of ECF International Council, presented a special endowment gift to Dr. Richard Mouw, President of Fuller Theological Seminary to establish the Paul C.C. Szeto Fellowship Program for Global Studies and Research at Fuller. Please pray for the rich partnership between these two mission-minded organizations.

2. January 27-28 -- The ECF Annual Board Meeting was held at the ECF International Headquarters in Monterey Park. The Board made a courageous step to expand the Global Partnership program and to establish the ECF Leadership Hall of Fame encouraging at least 346 individuals and families to take part in this project to raise $1 million for the growing ECF International ministries. Please ask God to bless those who give.

3. Feb. 22 -- Dr. Paul Szeto, Dr. & Mrs. Harold Lane, and Dr. Nathan Yeh will be in Macau joining the staff and children in welcoming the first visit of Mr. Edmund Ho, the Chief Executive of Macau, to our ECF Fellowship Orphanage. Pray for the children in Macau.

4. Feb. 24-25 -- The ECF leadership team will be in the Philippines conducting Gospel meetings. Please pray for those who will come for the Good News of Jesus Christ.

5. Feb. 26 -- Dr. Szeto will be preaching at the Grace Community Chapel in Macau and will be officiating baptism for new believers. Dr. Yeh will serve with music. Please pray for those who will be baptized in Macau.


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