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Vol. 10 No. 6
November/December 2006

A. Doors of Opportunity
B. Global Challenges
C. Love in Action
D. Mission Opportunities
E. In Context
F. A Promising Future
G. Global Prayer Focus


 
"DO YOU NEED A HAND?"
Dr. Alton A. Gould
Chairman Emeritus

     Friendship, fellowship, confidence, patience, forgiveness, cooperation and the spirit of helpfulness, coupled with appreciation and love are some of the choice virtues of life, especially if mellowed and enriched by the touch of Divinity. Happy are they who are recipients of these treasures and know how to share them with others With Thanksgiving!

     Hundreds have proved their friendship to ECF and the work which we do in Asia and around our world by their prayers, their interest, their love and loyal support. At this Thanksgiving and Christmas Season we give Thanks to God and to express Thanks to All who have and are so nobly standing behind the ministries. Truly we have been and are but “workers together” with God! Together, hand in hand, We serve!

     The calling of ECF is to connect people with a passion, a vision for reaching the lost. Knowing your calling, you need someone to go for you, to fulfill God’s purpose in your life. ECF stands ready to walk hand-in-hand with you as we together fulfill His purpose. ECF is committed to mobilizing people, prayer and funds to introduce people to Jesus Christ.

     You may ask, "What value is gained by giving to ECF Ministries?" The question, actually, is quite biblical, for you are a steward. One day God is going to hold you accountable for your stewardship. Knowing that is true, it is right and reasonable to ask. “What value is gained here? Why give? Why pray? What benefit is achieved? Why invest resources with ECF?”

     Most donations to charitable organizations fail to transcend the “feel good” category. One gives and then feels good for giving because a basic human need is met. That's not a bad thing.

     However, sharing with ECF provides more than “a glow on the face”. It gives an effective way to transfer assets into eternity-eternal rewards. Like your, one day ECF will also be held accountable by our Lord for its stewardship. The organization is deeply concerned that all gifts given will reap eternal rewards in the salvation of lost men and women, boys and girls. Emphasis is placed on effective strategy, constant evaluation in order to maximize the use of every gift given by keeping a careful eye on results. Thus resources given serve to impact not just a few individuals, but potentially an entire home, or city, or region. We do this so that “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow will return with songs of joy”. (Psalm 126:6)

     When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother of a young boy returned to her seat and discovered that her child was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear: “Don’t quit, Keep playing”. Then, leaning over, the piano master reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obbligato. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn't recall what else the great master played—only the classic, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

     Perhaps that's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. However, with the hand of the master, our life's work can truly be beautiful. May you feel His arms around your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.

     Remember, God doesn't seem to call the equipped, rather, He equips the “called”. Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire. So touch someone's life with the love of God. Don’t quit. Keep playing while the music is still in you-therefore, let me thank you for your partnership in ECF. Only eternity will reveal the value of your investment. We can never outgive God, so let us rejoice in today with THANKSGIVING AT CHRISTMAS. Prayer Warriors, Financial Supporters along with the Readers of Global Vision must together step forward if ECF is to fulfill God's call. Reach out to God and ECF, listening to what He might say to you as you would let ECF be your hand to touch lives throughout our world.



 
Premiere Showing of 'Crusader for Christ'
     November 2, 2006 was an exciting day in the life of ECF International and the Lane family. That evening, the ECF 2006 Annual Thanksgiving Banquet took place at Almansor Court, Alhambra, California with about 150 family and friends. Dr. Paul Szeto shared the ten-fold Thanksgiving for ECF in 2006. Dr. Tedd Szeto led the congregation in singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” to honor our Lord. Rev. Chuck Brown gave the prayer of Thanksgiving for the worldwide ministry of ECF.

     Following the dinner, the ECF Global Communication Center presented the premiere showing of “Crusader for Christ” which is a 30-minute TV documentary of Dr. Harold Lane's life ministry. At this happy occasion, all ECF board members, staff, friends and invited guests joined the Lane family in celebrating the 55th Wedding Anniversary of Harold and Dee Lane. Dr. Richard Gowin, a dear friend of the Lanes who came all the way from Rapid City, South Dakota, shared some precious moments about the life and work of Dr. and Mrs. Lane. A large group came from Royal Oaks Manor to celebrate this joyous event and Mrs. Ethel Whitson presented a gift to the Lanes on behalf of the entire ROM community.

     The old hymn “O Jesus, I Have Promised” reminded all participants of their faith commitment to the service in God's kingdom. The Lanes shared from their hearts their thankfulness and appreciation for all God's grace and love. The evening was closed with a benediction from Dr. Robert Campbell, the former General Secretary of American Baptist Churches USA.

  
Dr. Richard Gowin shared with the guests    Crusader for Christ


The Lane Family


 

Mr. Eddie Yuen Donated a House for Gospel Outreach

     Mr. Eddie Yuen from Hong Kong and his parents are good friends of Dr. & Mrs. Szeto and the ECF worldwide family. They have visited the ECF Headquarters in Monterey Park, California many times. When ECF provided a love gift to rebuild the church in Siehui, China, the Yuens gave a donation for the purchase of a new piano in order to help public worship with good music.

     When they visited the ECF Board this July, Mr. Yuen decided to donate the house he had owned for over 10 years in China to ECF in order to encourage all Board members and staff to continue their faithful service to the Lord and to expand the special services to the needy young people in China and in Hong Kong.

     With the help of Mr. Eddie Chen, ECF co-worker in Hong Kong, the title change process has been completed by the Chinese government in October. At the up-coming Annual Board meeting in January 2007, the ECF Board will decide on the full use of this property in China.


Mr. Eddie Yuen (center) presenting his gift

Bible Institute In Thailand Is Expanding

     Rev. Kwong-yau Too, Principal of Bethel Bible Institute reported that his school is expanding. In the Spring, Mr. & Mrs. Kok-hui Tan donated a 9-passenger van to the school to help transport faculty and students for mission trips up the mountains.

     At the graduation ceremony, Dr. Paul Szeto delivered the message and on behalf of the ECF International Board from USA, presented two love gifts: one gift of US$1,500 to the school library for purchasing new books; and the other gift of $1,500 to the alumni association for their Annual Spiritual Retreat.

     This year there are 64 students in the Chinese Department and 28 students in the Thai Department. Thank the Lord for the 16-members of the faculty team and about 36 visiting teachers coming from USA, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Good exchange programs with China are now being implemented with exciting results.


       Dr. Szeto with the graduates       Mr. & Mrs. Tan(center) with Board members



 

ECF's Ministry in the Philippines going well

     Through ECF's Christian Formation Program in the Philippines, many families are reached by the word of God. Home Bible Studies are held almost every night of the week by Pastor Nicolas, as well as two other leaders. Every last Saturday of each month, the sponsored children and the youth in the community gather together for prayer. Because of the Bible studies and prayer meetings, many have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior and have followed Him through water baptism.



Youth in Cambodia Striving for a Brighter Future

     Since 2004 the Computer Center has held many classes and many programs such as: Word, Excel, and Photoshop. Around 300 students heard about the ministry, and about 250 benefited directly from the school.

     Under the leadership of Kang Phaldaracheat, Supervisor, and spiritual Chaplain, and Lang Reaksmey, Coordinator, plus, several teachers who have a heart for students, the Center offers many programs such as: Typing, Microsoft Window, Word, Excel, Photoshop, and Corel Draw. Students must pass a writing test and interview in order to study. To receive a certificate they have to pass the final exam.

     Students come from Phnom Penh Bible College, a University, a High School, and the neighborhood and the church. So far, 237 students have attended classes and 185 have received certificate.

     Once a month, the leaders organize a student fellowship to get to know each other and to introduce them to Christ. Some come to church for worship. Some teachers would take their students out for a fellowship dinner. Once a year, a big picnic is held for the students to build relationships.

     For evangelism the Center creates exciting programs and activities that suit students in order to draw them to Christ.





 
R.S. Carlson




     Cambodia, also known as Kampuchea, has a population of nearly 14 million people, over 90% ethnic Khmer whose roots trace back to the ancient empire that long ago built the temple complex of Angkor Wat, an emblem of which is the central design feature of the current national flag. Approximately 5% of the population is Vietnamese, 1% Chinese, and the remaining 4% are ethnic Thai, Lao or tribal minorities.

     The ancient Angkor empire once ruled most of Southeast Asia, but in the Thirteenth century AD, the rising Thai empire to the west and the Cham empire to the east (in what is now central Viet Nam), took territories that once had brought tribute to the Khmer treasury. During the 19th century, Cambodia came under French control as a colony, as did present-day Laos and Viet Nam. World War II brought Japanese Imperial control of the area. Finally, in 1953, Cambodia again became independent, a constitutional monarchy with multiparty democracy.

     Elements in Cambodia resisted the French in the 1950s, and during the years of the Viet Nam War, North Viet Namese supply lines to the Peoples Army and the National Liberation Front that operated in central and southern Viet Nam ran through Laos and Cambodia. In 1970, U.S. President Richard Nixon authorized bombing of Cambodia and incursions of US forces into Cambodia in hopes of cutting supply lines and eliminating North Viet Namese military units opposing the US and Republic of Viet Nam forces in the south. Political instability and civil war ensued. Maoist forces, the Khmer Rouge, took control of Cambodia in April of 1975, pursuing an extreme “back to the land” policy, forcing millions out of cities and towns to work in agricultural collectives, and executing any who resisted, and many who showed signs of education such as reading ability, or who simply had glasses to wear: all such traits were signs of bad foreign influence. Such extreme revolution upset the Vietnamese government – also communist – and Hanoi attacked and occupied a significant portion of Cambodia for a decade, supporting a less radical regime. Conflict continued into the 1990’s. Estimates of the deaths during the reign of Khmer Rouge range from 1.5 to 3 million.

     About 95% of the Cambodian population follows the Theravada Buddhist tradition, as do the Thai neighbors. Christian denominations in the country include the Roman Catholic, whose roots reach back to the work of Portuguese Dominican priests in the 1500’s, Methodist – whose work has grown from 3 churches in 1989 to 150 churches currently, Lutheran, and others. Many Western and Asian churches support Church World Service or Lutheran World Federation or similar agencies with aid and development projects in Cambodia.

     Aid concerns include health programs to combat AIDS and malaria, mine detection and removal to allow farm families to return to using rice paddies and dry crop fields safely, and prosthetic limb, wheelchair, and rehabilitation programs to address the needs of the thousands injured by old munitions left from the decades of war.

     ECF has sponsored a Computer Training Center in Phnom Penh, the capital city. For more information about supporting the computer training program, contact Kate Reyes at ECF headquarters.





 
Children in a Poverty-Laden World
Dr. Karen Kaigler-Walker


     In July my husband, Bud, and I were privileged to visit Grace Home, an ECF supported orphanage in Guntur, India. A hundred smiling faces met us at the gate, and the children serenaded us as we walked into the tree covered compound that they call home. Unfazed by the mid-summer's heat and humidity inside the auditorium/sanctuary, the children sang and danced. After the formalities, Bud and I waded into groups of children who eagerly surrounded the strange Americans who had come to bring them greetings and small gifts from ECF headquarters.

     Little girls vied with each other to hold my hands, while older ones asked to be photographed with me. Shy four-year-olds pulled at my clothes. Many wanted to touch my hair—perhaps the first blonde hair many had seen. When one of the girls asked me to bless her, I was pressed from all sides with similar requests. Although I blessed each one as she told me her name, truly it was I who was blessed by them.

     Children are God's greatest gift to the world; and indeed these children were filled with grace, despite the bleakness of their condition. Theirs is a poverty-laden world unlike anything we in America could ever imagine. Across India millions of children die needlessly each year because of putrid water, lack of medical care, starvation, exposure to the elements and abandonment. Even basic education lies outside the realm of possibilities for those at the bottom of the social rung. Indian children who are put to work in factories or more sinister situations by desperate families face uncertain futures

     Thus, the children of Grace Home, who have food, shelter, arid schooling, are the fortunate ones among India's teeming poor. With God's help and the assistance of organizations such as ECF they stand a chance of avoiding what otherwise would be dire prospects. The Agape Computer Center started by Pastor Samuel with a love gift from ECF is now providing skills training for many young people for better employment.

     It was hard to say good-bye to the children of Grace Home. They who have so little had shown us so much love. I was humbled, and there was much I wanted to do for them. I left knowing that God had given me a mission—to tell the story of the children of Grace Home to others and to share the children's goodness, warmth and laughter with all who are willing to listen.


Dr. Karen Walker with the girls             Mr. Bud Walker with the boys






 
Ten-fold Thanksgiving for ECF in 2006


1. Thank God for the 10th Anniversary of ECF Children's Center in the Philippines

2. Thank God for ECF's Co-sponsorship in bringing the China Bible Exhibition to Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York.

3. Thank God for school #10 in China completed with a love gift from ECF.

4. Thank God for church #9 in China rebuilt after the hurricane with a love gift from ECF.

5. Thank God for the first English Training Program for pastors completed in China.

6. Thank God for Landesmissionfest in Germany with over 1,000 in attendance.

7. Thank God for Dr. Karen Walker's visit to ECF's Orphanage and Computer Center in Guntur, India.

8. Thank God for the completion of the filming of Chong-yi Church in Hangzhou, which is the largest Church today in China with 5,000 worshippers on Sundays.

9. Thank God for new believers in churches built by ECF in China and Macau with over 200 being baptized.

10. Thank God for the establishment of the Paul C.C. Szeto Fellowship Program for Global Studies and Research with Fuller Theological Seminary to help faculty & students.



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