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Vol. 15 No.2
Mar/Apr 2011


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



 
Three Great Blessings
Dr. Paul Szeto

     We shared with you in the last issue the ECF Ministry in 2011 with five major areas of concerns. As a Gospel Mission, ECF is truly blessed by God with a group of dedicated visionaries in God's Kingdom. Based on Psalm 60:12, the ECF Board met at the end of January to celebrate three great blessings from the Lord:

     First, we are deeply thankful for committed Board Directors and Staff Workers. Those who received the Faithful Service Plaque included: Dr. Nathan Yeh, Dr. Harold Lane, Prof. Anthony Chan, Mr. Stephen Leung, Dr. Samuel Lo and Dr. Ralph Carlson. Two staff workers who received the Faithful Service Plaque were: Mrs. Selina Quon and Mrs. Kate Reyes. Each recipient has provided great leadership and service for over ten years.

     I am deeply greatful to all staff who worked so hard to produce the DVD "A Life of Amazing Grace" which captured my 30 years of faithful service at ECF.

     With the addition of two new Directors, Mrs. Sandra Gould-Holloway and Mrs. Linda Allsbury, ECF is positioned to welcome the new challenges with faith and love. Both new directors are deeply committed in mission outreach programs.

     Second, we are deeply thankful for practical and meaningful projects open to ECF's global ministry. These are all Soul-Winning and Character Building Projects in various countries. The road ahead may be difficult, but as the Psalmist said: "With God, We will gain the victory."

     Third, we are deeply thankful for so many Mission-Partners around the world. Some have stayed with our ministry for the last thirty years. Every time I signed and sent out the monthly Thank-You letter to these donors, I saw their names and the ways they support our ministry, I was grateful for their strong commitment to the Lord's work.

     This year, at the end of our Annual Board meeting, Mrs. Carol Orr, wife of our former Chairman, Dr. J. Edwin Orr, came to our Board with her daughter, Astrid Booth; and stayed for the Annual Fellowship Luncheon. At the age of 92, she shared with us with joy the journey of faith she has been on since the Home Going of her husband in 1987. She experienced many miracles and prayed for ECF daily.



PLEASE PRAY FOR DR. SZETO

January
       2    ECF International Chapel, M.P., CA
20-22    Board of Trustees, Azusa Pacific University, Del Mar, CA
     27    Fuller Theological Seminary Scholarship Donors Meeting, Pasadena, CA
28-29    ECF Annual Board Meeting, M.P., CA

February
    6    ECF International Chapel, M.P., CA
  13    Zion Chinese Baptist Church, Eagle Rock, CA
  24    Fuller Theological Seminary Annual Appreciation Meeting, Pasadena, CA

March
       6    ECF International Chapel, M.P., CA
     13    ECF Grace Chapel with Baptism, Macau
     14    Meeting with Director of Social Welfare, Macau
     15    ECF Foundation Annual Board Meeting, Hong Kong
     16    Media Evangelism Pastors Conference, Ma Wan, Hong Kong
18-19    Bethel Bible Institute Graduation Ceremony, Thailand

April
    3    ECF International Chapel, M.P., CA
    9    Missions Conference, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
  10    Zion Chinese Baptist Church, Eagle Rock, CA
  29    ECF Executive Council Meeting, M.P., CA



 

     The main emphases of our Dr. J. Edwin Orr Revival Center will be Personal Renewal, Congregational Transformation and Global Revival.

     We will be in partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary and other institutions and churches to develop various programs related to revival.

     At the ECF Headquarters, where the Center is now located, in addition to all the books (40) written by Dr. Orr, historical displays will be set up and seminars will be designed for various groups. Special tours will be organized to visit growing churches in China.

     Historical Displays with Photos will include:

     1. God's Servants in the American Revival
     2. God's Servants in the British Revival
     3. God's Servants in the China Revival
     4. God's Servants in other Revivals
     5. The Holy City
     6. Wales Revival
     7. American Revival
     8. Shan-tong Revival
     9. Azusa Street Revival

     If you are interested in any of these areas and would like to partner with us, please contact us so that we can get together with you and other partners in developing a better center for inquiring Christian and researchers.

     We strongly believe that when the Holy Spirit touches people, lives will be transformed. Come, and join us in this exciting journey of LIFE TRANSFORMED.


Mrs. Orr (C) with some Board Members

New Board Members
Joined the Active Mission Team
For Greater Service



Mrs. Sandra Gould-Holloway

     Mrs. Sandra Gould-Holloway is an educator from Michigan. Her Parents, Dr. & Mrs. Alton Gould have been missionaries in Asia for many years. Dr. Gould had served as Chairman of the ECF International Council for one decade.




Mrs. Linda Allsbury

     Mrs. Linda Allsbury from Idaho, has rich experience in banking, legal and medical service. She is also actively involved in Church Missions Board, Rescue Mission , Boy and Girl Scouts.


 
CHINA
Equipping Leaders
     On January 27, 2011, Rev. Eddie Chan went to Sihui, China, for the quarterly Church Leadership Training. He used the book "The Power of Team Leadership" by George Barna, as training material. Sihui church is growing fast and needs more brothers and sisters to be equipped and be ready to serve. Fifteen church leaders came to the training to equip themselves to serve the church as a team more effectively and efficiently. Please pray for the expansion of this mission program to more churches in China.



THAILAND
18 Graduates are Ready to Serve
     March 19 was an exciting day for Bethel Graduates in Thailand. Dr. Paul Szeto, Rev. Eddie Chan and Mr. Stephen Leung sttended the Graduation Ceremony and met with the Board to review the design for the new library. 18 graduates were commissioned to serve in different locations. The choir sang the Hallelujah with glorious voices.



MACAU
Committed to Partnership
     On Monday, March 14, after a busy but exciting series of meetings with baptism, Dr. Szeto, together with two ECF Board members in Macau, visited Mr. Kong-Io Iong (C), the new director of the Macau Social Welfare Department. He assured the ECF Board of his continuing support for the Orphanage.

     Mr. Un-tap Ieong, our Orphanage superintendent, led the Board members to see the new facilities. If everything works well, we will have a new home for the orphanage this Fall.



PHILIPPINES
One Pail of Blessings
     The sponsored children send their thanks to their sponsors for the "Pail of Blessings" they received. Each container was filled with basic needs such as rice, canned goods and items for personal hygiene. ECF has expanded its Sponsorship ministry to two churches in the area of Bulacan; allowing for outreach opportunities to more underprivileged children. If you would like to become a sponsor, please contact the ECF Headquarters



USA
ECF International Chapel
     The newly elected members of the ECF International Chapel Ministry Council held their first planning meeting for this New Year on Sunday, March 6; chaired by the Council Chairman, Mr. John Qu with a well prepared agenda by the Ministry Intern, Mr. Jack Zou.

     All the members are excited about opportunities to serve and are eager to learn new skills for various programs. Immediate attention will be given to the following five programs:

     1. Team Building activities: arranging for more leaders to lead Sunday Worship and prayers. Also, learning how to be a good host/hostess in welcoming newcomers.
     2. Increasing attendance for Sunday School and Friday night Bible Study through "One leads One" program.
     3. Focusing on outreach to families.
     4. Developing youth activities as soon as school is over in June
     5. Sponsoring a Community Outreach Day on family health in this coming Spring at ECF Global Communication Center.



CAMBODIA
Effective Outreach Program
     Through the support of ECF, our mission partner Faith in Christ Church in Phnom Penh has offered computer training classes for the youth as an outreach program for the past few years. This program has proven to be very effective for leading young people to Christ. Lately, two young people were willing to offer their lives to God and invited the pastor and the elders to pray for them.

     On February 5, 2011, a celebration was held for the 38 students who completed the courses and received certificates. Please continue to pray for this program and for the needs of the church.





 
MACAU
Four Seasons Hotel Supports ECF Orphanage
     In March of 2009, Dr. & Mrs. Paul Szeto, ECF President, presented 100 bilingual Bibles to the Four Seasons Hotel in Taipa, Macau. This was in response to a request from the hotel management that wished to place Bibles in their guestrooms. Since then, many doors of cooperation have opened between the two organizations.

     The Four Seasons Hotel has generously supported the ECF Fellowship Orphanage in Macau by holding an annual walkathon to benefit the Orphanage. Last November 2010, it hosted the "Run of Hope Macau 2010" raising MOP55, 000. On January 12, 2011, General Manager Royal Lee Rowe, Director of Human Resources Pernille Baumann, and Human Resources Manager Wendy Ngai presented the donation check to Mr. Untap Ieong, Orphanage Superintendent, staff members and the children at a simple gathering at the Orphanage.

     Truly, this is a powerful testimony of how the Lord can multiply the smallest deed of kindness and make it blossom into bigger and greater things for His Kingdom!



HONG KONG
Media Evangelism: Mapping Out Effective Programs
     Last year, in partnership with Media Evangelism in Hong Kong, "The Sound of Life," a TV production with 13 DVDs, produced by our Global Communication Center, was presented in three TV stations in Hong Kong around Chinese New Year. All programs were well received by the general public and the entire series was repeated in November. We are most grateful for the support.

     This year, Media Evangelism is sponsoring a ministry sharing conference of Noah's Ark Ma-Wan under the theme, "I Care."

     On March 16, both Dr. Szeto and Rev. Chan attended this conference and shared their experiences with several hundred Christian leaders. The major focus is on greater production on TV programs for China. Also, all churches in Hong Kong are encouraged to bring groups to Noah's Ark for activities as a positive way to support the ministry. Noah's Ark is the world's only full-sized replica which features a series of life-sized sculptures of exotic animals.

     On behalf of the Education and Culture Foundation in Hong Kong, Dr. Szeto presented a love gift of HK$10,000 for the support of this exciting TV ministry; especially those TV programs designed to reach the millions in China.





 
BRAZIL, Part II

By Dr. Ralph S. Carlson


     The array of denominations and sects in modern religious life in Brazil is rooted in the history of Europe and the USA, but shaped by the socio-political history of Brazil. As of the national census of the year 2000, Brazil's population numbered about 170 million. In declaring religious affiliation, 74% identified as Roman Catholic, 15.4% as Protestant, 7.4% as non-religious, 1.3% as Spiritist/Kardecist, and the remaining 1.9%included adherents of Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Orthodox traditions, and several "Afro-Brazilian" sects whose beliefs and worship modes combine African tribal beliefs with elements of Roman Catholicism. The total of nominal and devout Catholics makes Brazil the world's largest "Catholic" nation.

     Early in what schoolbooks term Europe's "Age of Exploration," in 1494 AD, Pope Alexander VI moved to reduce conflict between Spanish and Portuguese ventures in The New World by drawing on a map of South America and the Caribbean, a "Line of Demarcation." With adaptations of the territorial division by treaty in subsequent years, Spanish and Portuguese explorers generally made their land claims and colonial developments according to the "demarcation." Modern Brazil grew from the Portuguese-controlled sector of South America first claimed by Pedro Alvarez Cabral who made several landings on the Atlantic coast in 1500. Portuguese King John III began systematic colonial development in 1530, first giving fifteen nobles in his court jurisdiction over sections of Brazil, but later by sending a governor-general to form a central government, in part for civil order, and in part to resist incursions by French, Dutch and English colonial ventures. As was the pattern in Europe, the religion of the monarch was the religion for the country, and Roman Catholicism was the state church in Brazil for centuries. Taxes were paid to the church, and priests received government salaries. In the early 19th century, the Portuguese monarchy fled Napoleon's forces in Europe and ruled its overseas empire from Brazil. During the imperial era in Brazil, sentiment for democratic republican polity grew. In 1824, freedom of religion was declared, and in 1891, a new constitution for the republic provided for separation of church and state.

     During the colonial and imperial eras, slavery was a standard means of maintaining a labor force. At times, Euro-Brazilians raided Amazonian tribes to take slaves, actions strongly opposed by the Jesuits who ministered to converted tribal communities. The 1700's saw both the freeing of Native American slaves, and the expulsion of the Jesuits from Brazil, just as the Jesuit order was suppressed in Europe. Slaves from Africa were expected to convert to Roman Catholicism. Some mixed the animist beliefs and gods of their home tribes with some of the doctrines and practices of Catholic Christianity, producing sects now identified as Candombleu, Umbanda, Quimbanda, Omoloko, et. al.

     Protestant groups appeared in Brazil the 19th century. Under terms of a trade treaty with the British, Anglicans were permitted to have churches in residential-style buildings in 1819. American Methodist missionaries were permitted in the late 1860's (Brazilian Methodists currently have about 160,000 members). Lutheran congregations arose via immigration, first in 1824, and in waves after the two world wars (Lutherans currently number about 950,000); Presbyterian and Congregational missions began in the 1850's (Calvinist/Reformed groups currently have about a million members).

     Four years after the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in the USA in 1906, Assembly of God missionaries began work in Brazil. Brazilian Assembly of God churches presently claim about a million adherents. Numerous other Pentecostal churches have grown up in the twentieth century, and Roman Catholics, in renewal movements, have a growing number of charismatic believers. Calls to commitment to God's work in Brazil continue, as new groups such as the Snowball Church have sprung up in the 1990's, and as recently as 2007, a Brazilian fellowship group requested missionary support from the American Evangelical Covenant denomination.





 
TOGETHER WE LEARN AND WE DREAM
English Teachers/Experts needed
for 2011 Summer Teaching Program in China

     ECF invites you to join the upcoming 2011 Summer English Teaching Program in China. We look forward to building the 2011 mission team and appreciate your partnership.

Hangzhou Team
Date: July 18 to 29, 2011
Place: 1. Hangzhou YWCA
               Teach English Conversation to junior students
               3 classes with 20 students each
               6 teachers needed

Place: 2. Zhejiang Theological Seminary
               Teach English Terms and Usage in Church Program
               1 class with 20 pastors and seminarians
               2 experts needed
               This class may be extended to a four week program

Place: 3. Hangzhou School District
               Teach Western Teaching Methodology
               1 class with 15 High School English Teachers
               2 expects needed

Shijiazhuang Team
Date: Pending (2 weeks in July)
Place: Pending
               Teacher class
               Teach Western Teaching Methodology
               2 classes with 20 High School English Teachers each
               2-4 expects needed

Kaiping Team
Date: Pending (2 weeks in July/August)
Place: Pending
               Teacher class
               Teach Western Teaching Methodology
               2 class with 20 Local English Teachers each
               2-4 experts needed

Applications are now available. Please contact Rachel Shackleford at Rachel@ecfusa.org or call our headquarters at (626) 288-8828. For further information, please visit our website at www.ecfinternational.org.



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