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Vol. 15 No.1
Jan/Feb 2011


A. Higher Vision
B. Life Transformed
C. Global Challenges
D. Love in Action
E. Kingdom Openings
F. Mission Opportunities



 
ECF Ministry in 2011


2011 will be a great year. With the world's changing situation, we may face hardship and challenges. Our Board has chosen a new ministry theme: "With God, We will Gain the Victory" (Psalm 60:12). For the new year, our mission has five major ministries:

Missions and Ministries

1. Gospel meetings in England, Thailand and the Philippines
2. Dedication of Senior Home and Church in Hangzhou, China
3. 50th Anniversary Celebration and New Building Dedication of the Bethel Bible Institute in Thailand
4. Preaching in USA churches
5. Build another church in China
6. Start new ministry in South America
7. Coordinate ECF International Council Meeting
8. Develop International Chapel
9. Establish the Dr. J. Edwin Orr Revival Center
10. Expand ECF Sponsorship Program

TV Documentary

1. Promote the "The Sound of Life" TV series
2. Search for new broadcasting of "The Sound of Life" in different countries
3. Produce two new documentaries in China
4. Participate in the Bible Exhibition
5. Produce a DVD "Dr. J. Edwin Orr - The Impact on Revival"

Teaching Programs

1. Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China
2. Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
3. Kaiping, Guangdong, China

Publications

1. Global Vision (English Bi-monthly)
2. Grace Bridge (Chinese Bi-monthly)
3. Publish two new books

Community Outreach

1. Chinese New Year Celebration
2. Mother's Day Program
3. Summer Family Conference
4. Mid Autumn Festival
5. Thanksgiving Celebration
6. Christmas Program



 

     For the New Year, we have changed this page from "Modern Miracles" to "Life Transformed" featuring the work of the Holy Spirit in Human history with real life experiences. Our goal is to review various historical evidences of the power of God being demonstrated through His people in many countries. The Holy Spirit has blessed millions through the miraculous work of Personal Renewal, Congregation Transformation and Global Revival. This is also the main theme of our Dr. J. Edwin Orr Revival Center.

     For this issue, we will begin with the Book of Acts in the New Testament.


1. The Coming of the Holy Spirit:
     "When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there." (2:1-3)

2. The Preaching of Peter:
     "Then Peter stood up with the other eleven apostles and in a loud voice began to speak to the crowd ...... When the people heard this, they were deeply troubled and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'What shall we do, brothers?' Peter said to them, "Each one of you must turn away from his sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven; and you will receive God's gift, the Holy Spirit." (2:14; 37-38)

3. The Growing Congregation:
     "Many of them believed his message and were baptized, and about three thousand people were added to the group that day. They spent their time in learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship, and sharing in the fellowship meals and the prayers." (2:41-42)

4. The Deadly Persecution:
     "That very day the church in Jerusalem began to suffer cruel persecution. All the believers, except the apostles, were scattered throughout the provinces of Judea and Samaria. Some devout men buried Stephen, mourning for him with loud cries. But Saul tried to destroy the church; going from house to house, he dragged out the believers, both men and women, and threw them into jail." (8:1-3)

5. The Gentiles Received the Holy Spirit:
     "While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who were listening to his message. The Jewish believers who had come from Joppa with Peter were amazed that God had poured out His gift of the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles also." (10:44-45)

6. The Believers were called Christians:
     "Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul. When he found him, he took him to Antioch, and for a whole year the two met with the people of the church and taught a large group. It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians." (11:25-26)




 
USA
Joyous Celebration
By Dorcas Szeto
     The growing group of our ECF International Chapel welcomed the new year of 2011 with appreciation and enthusiasm. As members of the fellowship reflect upon their personal experiences in 2010, they were grateful for what God has done for them individually as well as for their families. Since accepting Christ into their hearts, many experienced changes in life and in outlooks. For them as intellectuals, the journey from atheism to Christianity, from non-believers to followers of Christ has not been easy, even in America. However, through their strong faith in God, many have overcome difficulties of serious illness, unemployment, family separation, and emotional struggles. Through all the hardships, they learned how to turn to God for help and depended on His power. Furthermore, they also learned about the commitment to serve, to care for each other, to develope leadership within the group, and to reach out to the community.



     The group is small in number, but has a great potential. As for our ECF ministry, it is a much needed mission field in our backyard. Please continue to pray for the development of this group and the appropriate shepherd to guide.



     Members of the fellowship celebrated Thanksgiving. Many witnessed to God's faithfulness and miracles that happened in their lives and families.



     Five believers received baptism on December 19, 2010 from Dr. Szeto at the First Baptist Church, Pasadena. The service was conducted by Chapel Chairman, John Qu. It was a wonderful day; attended by almost 50 people with beautiful music led by our own Yolinda Qu, a law student from George Washington University; three newly baptized young people, Kevin Liu, Carol Zhao, Kunyou Quan; and Lois Ling of Hangzhou, a student from California Baptist University at Riverside.

     At Christmas, members participated in various performances --- singing, acting --- and gift exchanging. They all experienced the true meaning of Christmas and the joy to world.



MACAU
Walkathon Fundraising
     The "Run of Hope Macau 2010" fundraising walkathon, sponsored by the Macau Four Season Hotel, was successfully accomplished on November 7, 2010. All the children from the Orphanage participated in different workgroups. They all fulfilled the assigned tasks as a team with joy and excitement. After the event, they were treated to a good lunch by the Hotel. This was the second year that the Orphanage received the benefit from the walkathon.

     On December 18, the Orphanage celebrated Christmas together with families, friends, alumni and board members. The Orphanage praise team and the children's choir presented special music and programs. A Christmas dinner was served and everyone enjoyed the wonderful day.



     In January 2011, the Orphanage started a new program helping the children to grow spiritually by participating in the "Listening to the New Testament in 40 days." All are committed to the program as their resolution for the New Year. Please pray for the spiritual growth of the children and also the staff.



HONG KONG
Re-broadcasting "The Sound of Life"
     In partnership with The Media Evangelism in Hong Kong, the 13 DVD documentary "The Sound of Life" series was broadcast on TV in Hong Kong from March through November of 2010, with positive response from the audience. In the year 2011, The Media Evangelism decided to re-broadcast the series again on the same channel. Please pray for more opportunity for this series to be broadcast in different countries.



CAMBODIA
Effective Outreach
     In October 2010, the heavy rain in Phnom Penh flooded the church. The worship services and all other activities had to move to the home of brothers and sisters. Meanwhile, the computer and English classes also stopped for several weeks. Starting November, both the computer and English classes resumed with new sessions. Due to the break down of some computers, fewer students were admitted to the computer class. Through these training classes, the church is able to have effective outreach to the nearby youth. ECF supports this program financially every year. Please pray for this outreach program and the needs of new computers. Your love gift for the computer center will be appreciated.





 
     For many years, our donors considered that providing scholarships to the needy students, gifted professors and dedicated educators were true Actions of Love.

     ECF has established three major scholarships and for the last academic year, many recipients were blessed by these love gifts in the form of scholarships:


(A) Fuller Theological Seminary:

       School of Theology:
       Faculty:
       1. David Downs;
       2. Kurt Fredrickson;
       3. Christopher Hayes;
       4. Doug Nason

       Students:
       1. Gilbert Boon Hua Sim;
       2. Tak Hung Law;
       3. Chin Pai Lin;
       4. Edens Elveus;
       5. Hoi Ming Hong

       School of Psychology:
       Faculty:
       1. Seong Hyeon Kim;
       Student:
       1. Martha Wang

       School of International Studies:
       Faculty:
       1. Desires Segura-April;
       2. Shelley Trebesch;
       3. Chuch Van Engen
       Student:
       1. Abhijit Najak

       A personal letter from Dr. Winston E. Gooden, Dean, School of Psychology:

       "Though you may not have been at the award service in person, your presence was keenly felt as the ECF Fellowship was announced. The recipient of that award this year is Martha Wang who received $15,000. We have enclosed a letter from Martha that expresses her gratitude for your support. I am very pleased to say thanks on behalf of all of us in the School of Psychology for your generous and enduring support." (September 3, 2010)



(B) Azusa Pacific University:

       a. Dr. S.Y. Kim, Dean of Education, Beak Seok University. Korea.
       b. Four gifted medical leaders from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China:
             1. Jane Biyun Tang, Nurse Manager of the Post-Anesthesia Care;
             2. Swallow Shuangyan Xu, Recovery Room Nurse;
             3. Ellen Lili Zhou, Cardiac Care Unit Nurse; and
             4. Suring Lining Shao, Emergency Dept. Nurse.
       c. Rachel Shackleford, ECF English Program in China
       d. Joseph Wang, M.A. Degree in Educational Technology



(C) The Rev. & Mrs. Fai Szeto Memorial Scholarship:

       a. Judy Xiangyang Zhou, Choir Director, Chongyi Church, Hangzhou, China, M.A. Degree at Dallas Baptist University
       b. Kevin Wenwei Liu, Pianist, M.A. Degree at California Baptist University
       c. Carol Xianke Zhao, Singer, M.A. Degree at California Baptist University

If you want to be a part of this exciting program as a donor, please contact Dr. Paul Szeto so that we can team up with you to bring greater blessings to young people and gifted professors through the ECF Scholarships.



 
BRAZIL, Part I

By Dr. Ralph S. Carlson


     As ECF expanded outreach in the Twentieth Century beyond Overseas Chinese communities in Asia, the USA and Canada to projects involving other people groups in Thailand, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Cambodia, a dream of outreach to South America recurred in the thoughts and prayers of ECF leadership. The year 2011 brings the ECF boards the opportunity to look to Brazil, the largest nation on the South American continent.

     With a territory of just under 3.3 million square miles, Brazil is the fifth largest nation in the world, geographically, behind Russia, Canada, the USA and China, respectively. Brazil's eastern border is its Atlantic coast. Ten other nations bound it to the north, west and south.

     Major features in the north of the country are the Amazon River and the Amazon jungles which are home to numerous Indigenous peoples still living by traditional subsistence methods of hunting, fishing, plant gathering, and slash-and-burn agriculture. A very few groups remain isolated from the "modern" world. Others in Amazonia face encroachment from the cities by miners, loggers, ranchers and small farmers who clear jungle areas and frequently alter the quality of streams and rivers essential to survival of Indigenous peoples.

     Environmentalists warn that jungle soils are thin. The great and only-partially-cataloged array of life forms living between the tree roots and the treetops are adapted to the climatic conditions created within the jungle canopy. Farmers and ranchers who clear jungle for their needs commonly find the soil depleted within a few years and then move to clear another section of jungle. As rainforests in general are important to the quality of air in the world, the losses of acreage in Amazonia have become a concern for people in the world's cities.

     Urban Brazil offers scores of major cities, coastal and inland. Commonly, international news media rgive glimpses of the Mardi Gras festival in Rio De Janeiro each year before the beginning of Lent on the liturgical calendar for traditional churches. However, though we may think first of the festival and vacation beach fun offered in the country, over 26% of Brazil's estimated trillion-dollar annual gross domestic product comes from industry – petrochemical, pharmaceutical, textile, electronic, mechanical, automotive and aeronautical. Often, when pundits guesstimate the economic and political futures of the world’s nations, Brazil is projected to be a major power in decades to come.

     Brazil's cities and towns have a strong middle class, and the national average education level is 14 years, or equivalent to high school plus two years' college or technical training. Poverty, too, is a challenge for millions, and just as international media give glimpses of the glitter and feathers of Mardi Gras costumes, they also give glimpses of the grinding needs of the shanty towns of desperately poor people in the favelas, that have grown up around authorized neighborhoods built according to standard construction codes.

     In terms of religious faith, the population of Brazil, currently estimated near 200 million, is deemed 75% Roman Catholic, 15% evangelical Protestant, with the remaining 10% apportioned among, "Spiritualist," "nonbelievers," "voodoo," and "unclassified" -- which would include the animist beliefs of the Indigenous peoples. Protestant denominations long at work in Brazil include Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Salvation Army, and Assemblies of God. Wycliffe Bible Translators have long worked among tribal groups to learn languages and develop writing systems and literacy that facilitate evangelism. The Twentieth Century saw several waves of revival, especially among Pentecostal churches.



***More on Brazil in the next issue***

[To direct support to the new project selected for support in Brazil, contact Kate Reyes at ECF Headquarters.]




 
ECF Christmas Celebration
     On December 17, 2010, the ECF Board of Directors and Staff and their families gathered together in Monterey Park for the annual ECF Christmas Banquet. Following the scrumptious Chinese dinner, everyone received a token of appreciation for their service and dedication to the ECF ministry. Despite the cold and stormy weather, the atmosphere of thanksgiving and fellowship brought warmth to the hearts of all the attendees.



2011 English Teaching Program
     Would you like to visit and experience China this summer and at the same time, make an impact on the lives of young people? Then, ECF invites you to join its short-term 2011 Summer English Teaching Mission Teams to China this July. Applications are now available for those who are interested. For further information, please visit our website at www.ecfinternational.org.

ECF Mission Partnership Opportunities
     Come partner with ECF in spreading the Gospel to Asia by becoming an ECF mission supporter. Our Mission Team would love to visit with your Mission Committee and tell of the great things the Lord has done through ECF and its ministries. Please contact Dr. Paul Szeto (General Director) or Mr. Min Szeto (Director of Administration) at 626-288-8828 or email at info@ecfusa.org for further details.



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