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Vol. 16 No.4
Jul/Aug 2012


A. Higher Vision
B. Mission Partnership
C. Love in Action
D. Mission Opportunities



 
The Growing Missions Challenges
By Dr. Paul Szeto

     For the past 65 years, ECF has followed God's leading in the exciting missions outreach Ministries with great blessings. As time has changed, the growing missions challenges are getting more difficult and requires greater resources. But we are thankful to the Lord for the enthusiastic supports coming from many churches and missions partners.

     Recently, I was invited by two mission-minded churches in the State of Washington to share our Global Vision and some practical ways Christians can get involved in Missions.

     Blessed Life Church in Bellevue - is a newly established congregation of young Christian families. Many of these young leaders came to know the Lord while I served as the Senior Pastor at the Chinese Baptist Church in Seattle in the early 1970s. Currently, this church is worshipping in a rental facility. Members are deeply committed in world missions. On a Saturday morning, I shared with them the Biblical challenges of reaching out to save souls at home and abroad. I also presented some practical steps to equip them for short-term missions, especially in China today. After a tea/coffee break, Dorcas gave a detail plan of how to set up Mission Teams to go. She also shared her own experience in conducting teaching programs, library seminars and medical services in China over the last twenty years. The missions conference concluded with a fellowship luncheon. We truly enjoyed the rich fellowship in the Lord.

     Chinese Baptist Church in Seattle - was a mission church started by missionaries in the Seattle area nearly 115 years ago. Before I joined ECF as the General Director in 1980, I came to this church in China town, in September 1971, right after the completion of my study at Yale and became the Senior Pastor of this small but committed congregation. In just two short years, the Lord made this little congregation of about 80 to grow into an exciting church of 250. We purchased 2 acres of land and built a new church on the top of Beacon Hill. Sunday worship grew to about 550 when I left for my doctorial studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in 1978.

     Returning to preach at this great church on June 24 this year for both Sunday morning services was such a joy for me and Dorcas. The Church prepared a great luncheon. I appreciated the deep friendship of Dr. Ken Chew who was the Church Moderator when the new church was being built and we had gone through many difficult times. Dorcas and I also had a time of prayer with Mrs. Julie Locke at her home. Her son, Gary, is now serving as US Ambassador to China. For the last 30 years, pastors, deacons, members young and old, not only supported the ECF ministries with love gifts; but also participated in various Short-term Missions Projects.

     With the encouragement of these two Mission-minded churches, I learned that the Missions challenge is great, but thank God, the Mission commitment is even greater.






 
Religious Leaders from China
       A delegation of nine religious leaders from Hangzhou, China, led by Rev. Joseph Gu, Pastor of the Chongyi Church, visited several major cities in America in July. ECF hosted them while in Southern California. I accompanied this group to worship at the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest on July 15. Pastor Dave Holden welcomed the delegation with a tour of the entire campus and led a discussion on Church Growth Principles. Great exchange took place on issues of Christian Leadership Training, Community Service and Creative Discipleship. Pastor Gu, being the pastor of the largest church in China today, provided details on the church growth situation in China.

       The China Delegation also visited the ECF Global Communication Center in Monterey Park. Rev. Peter Lai joined me in hosting the delegation with a Chinese Dinner before they return to China.







Please Pray for Dr. Paul szeto

AUGUST
       5    ECF International Chapel, Monterey Park, CA.
     18    ECF Executive Council

SEPTEMBER
       2    ECF International Chapel, Monterey Park, CA
       5    Logos Seminary, Rosemead, CA
25-27    Senior Home and Schools, Changde, China
28-30    Church of the Rock, Hangzhou, China

OCTOBER
       7    ECF International Chapel, Monterey Park, CA.
     21    Zion Chinese Baptist Church, Eagle Rock, CA



 
     The visit of the ECF delegation to China, Hong Kong and Macau for the 65th Anniversary Celebration for the founding of the Mission was truly "Love In Action".

     A total of 16 ECF International Council members coming from America, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Northern Ireland spent seven days on this mission trip. Seven major events happened.



     (1) Graduation Ceremony of English Teaching - This Summer, ECF sent a total of ten English experts to China for a two week teaching program in five different locations. Under the leadership of Ms. Molly Chang, our Master Teacher, and Ms. Rachel Shackleford, ECF Coordinator, all classes went really well with great sucess. The Graduation Ceremony took place at the beautiful Provincial Library, attended by 200 persons, including the ECF International Delegation.

     Ms. Elizabeth He, General Secretary of YWCA in Hangzhou who arranged all these teaching programs, thanks the ECF teaching team for their hard work and Christian love. All classes performed various talent shows in English. The 90 degree hot weather did not creat any problems with teaching program.

     We are thankful that these teachers and students and pastors, 120 in total, enjoyed the programs ECF provided this Summer. They all expressed strong appreciation for the ECF team. Deep friendship has been established with Christian love.

     At the evening banquet, Prof. Anthony Chan, ECF Treasurer, presented a love gift of US$2000 to Ms. He of YWCA for the purchase of two computers in order to improve the teaching equipment and follow-up services.







     Hangzhou Teaching Program - July 16-27, 2012

     1. Molly Chang - Master Teacher (Jian De City)
     2. Rachel Shackleford - Coordinator (YWCA)
     3. Beryl Carpenter (Seminary)
     4. Irene Wen (Library)
     5. Matthew Pereira (Library)
     6. Sharon Ma (Vocational School)
     7. Joseph Coleman (Vocational School)
     8. Sherrie Yu (YWCA)
     9. Tiffany Kung (YWCA)
     10. Lois Ling (YWCA)

     Teaching Locations:

     1. Jian De Teachers Class - 20 local English teachers
     2. Seminary Class - 20 Pastors and Christian leaders
     3. Library Class - 20 Students
     4. Vocational School Class - 20 Students
     5. YWCA Class - 40 Students

     (2) Teaching Award Presentation - Ms. Molly Chang, our Master Teacher this Summer, had led the ECF English Teams for a total of ten times during the past two decades. She was highly recognized by local education officials. Her teaching skills and creative methodology were highly praised by all participants. At the Fellowship Banquet, she received an award presented by both Hangzhou YWCA and ECF.



     (3) Visit to Chongyi Church and Senior Home - Pastor Joseph Gu welcomed the ECF delegation to his own church in Hangzhou. Architect Sieyuen Chen, who designed the new church and was baptized in the baptistery she designed, also came to meet with the ECF delegation. During the tour of this large church around 3 pm, a Chinese wedding ceremony was taking place. Therefore, the delegation was surprised to have such an experience in the Chinese tradition. Pastor Gu also showed the short DVD on the newly completed Church of the Rock which is to be dedicated on September 30th this year. This new church, built in a new community, has 12 institutions of Higher Education. It can accommodate 3000 for Sunday worship; plus a seven story Multi-purpose Building. God is going to bless this new effort of reaching out to the intellects of Hangzhou.

     Elder Ye and Rev. Gu invited the ECF delegation for a fellowship luncheon before we departed.









     (4) International Council Worship - On Sunday morning, the ECF delegation had a special worship experience at the YMCA Prayer Chapel in Hong Kong. Dr. Harold Lane, Chairman, preached on Philippians 3:12-14. The 4A principle of growth (Assess, Abandon, Attempt and Award) truly encouraged all who follow God. Rich sharing offered by each member also provided spiritual strength for this group to move forward with strong faith.





     (5) Orphanage Open House - ECF has beed in partnership with the government Social Welfare Department in Macau for over 50 years. Last Christmas, the government provided a large new facility for the ECF Orphanage. Staff and children all enjoyed this new home. The official Open House took place on July 29. Many alums and community leaders came to share their joy for the new home.







     (6) ECF Grace Chapel is Growing - The delegation had a short visit to the ECF Grace Chapel in Macau. Rev. Eddie Chan, Miss Yip and other Church leaders are deeply committed servants of the Lord. Their effort in reaching out to the community with the gospel has been blessed by God with new believers.



     (7) The 65th Anniversary Thanksgiving Banquet - About 120 came to the Thanksgiving Banquet on Sunday evening. Mr. Siu-en Choi, Head of Department of Social Solidarity, came and praised the outreach effort being accomplished by the ECF orphanage in Macau. He presented an award to ECF. Dr. Paul Szeto, on behalf of the ECF Board, expressed deep appreciation for the support coming from the Macau government over the years and asked for future partnership in order to bless more needy children in Macau with God's love.





     During the banquet, special awards were presented to all Orphanage workers by Christine Lao, Head of Children and Youth Service Division. Various musical programs were presented by the children (piano solo, violin solo, trio, and choir).

     Orphanage staff performed Chinese classical song and cultural dance. At the close of this historical event, Dr. Lane expressed (in English and translated into Chinese by Dr. Szeto) deep appreciation for the government officials, various support groups and individuals for their strong support over the year. The benediction provided a glorious ending of the 65th Anniversary Celebration for the founding of ECF.



     To God be the glory!

Donation
We need your help in three major ministries:
     1. Child Sponsorship for needy children

     2. Printing and postage for Global Vision and Grace Bridge

     3. Pastor's compensation for the Chapel in Monterey Park

Donation on-line is available now
     For your convenience, we have set up the online donation to accept credit card donations. Please visit our websites at www.ecfusa.org and www.ecfinternational.org. We thank you for both your financial and prayer support throughout all these years.



 
English Teaching Team in Hangzhou
     ECF's Summer English Teaching Program in China, held on July 16th -27th was a great success. Ten volunteer teachers from America demonstrated God's love through teaching 120 students in five locations. Everyone in the team gave wholehaertedly their time, energy, and talents. The program consisted of one class for Pastors/Seminarians learning Practical English in Christian Service and four classes of Creative English Conversation for 4th grade to 12th grade students in Hangzhou, China. The fifth class was held in the city of Jian De, a new teaching location for the ECF Teaching program. This class consisted of Chinese English teachers who were taught practical Western Teaching Methodology. ECF made such a tremendous impact on the participants that they have already requested for the porgram to continue next year!

     We are deeply grateful for the love gifts received. Total donations received were $13,946.00. However, due to the high costs of air tickets, the total expenditures were $15,850.62. Our deficit is $1904.62. Please pray to the Lord that more supporters will be touched to care for this great need. Detail report is available upon request.

Love gifts received                 $13,946.00
Expenditures                           $15,850.62

Deficit                                        $1,904.62







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