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December 9, 2019
2019 Year-End News and Support Letter
Greetings, grace and peace. It’s been a long while since I’ve been in touch and the main reason is that this has been one of the busiest years I’ve ever had.
This has been a “quiet” year for ISAAC East because since June of last year, I took the opportunity to join the staff of my home church, The Life Christian Church (www.tlcc.org) to help them launch their first multi-site campus in Paramus, NJ. TLCC is a large, multi-ethnic congregation and I was hired part-time as their Paramus Director of Pastoral Ministries. It was a wonderful and exciting experience to be part of a launch team for such an unusual and unique ministry opportunity. I have since stepped down from that position last May to return to teaching, research and writing … and getting back to my work with ISAAC East. But, for that one year period I was super busy and thus unable to initiate any programs for ISAAC. I am writing to update you, look ahead and seek your continuing and/or new support for the ongoing ministry of ISAAC East. In a word, “I’m back!”
The most important thing I would like to share is that my grant funding from the FTE (Forum for Theological Exploration) in Atlanta has been fully used for the past two internships in 2016 and 2018 and my most important activity is now to raise funding to continue running this program hopefully every other year in 2020 and 2022. The initial grant was “seed-money” to help local congregations and believers see the value of these ministry internships and that local non-profits (like ISAAC East) could beginning raising money locally and running the program on a continuing basis. This is our most important program and I am hoping to raise $5000 to recruit and support four interns for Summer 2020. Will you partner with me financially in this? If more support comes in, I can recruit five young adults to place in Christian ministry positions next summer. If you recall, three of our past ISAAC interns are now in seminary: Steve Xia at Southern in Louisville, Ben Miller at Virginia Theological and Michael Hoi at Westminster. Some ISAAC friends have already contributed to this specific project last year.
Of course, my SMI is just one of the many projects I have in mind in 2020. Now that I have time, I am hoping to launch a blog and podcast for Asian American and English Ministries next year. I have some other big news to share but I will wait till after the new year to share that with you. In the meantime, I solicit your continuing prayer and financial support as we wrap up 2019.
In other news, while I have you, let me report on some of my other activities, FYI.
- I attended a very interesting Asian American Theology Conference at Princeton Seminary back in March.
- It was a blessing to participate in the ordination of George Yum back in May to be the Executive Pastor of Chinese For Christ New York Church in Flushing.
- Vicky and I had very good vacation trips to visiting families in Toronto and in Seattle over the summer (May and August).
- I had a great time as usual at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit in August.
- I continue to teach at William Paterson U Spring and Fall but I am teaching more now in the Asian Studies Program, “East Asian Civ” and “Exploring Asia: Intro to Asian Studies.”
- This Fall Semester, I was hired as a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at The King’s College in Manhattan (www.tkc.edu) to teach one section of “The Hebrew Scriptures.”
- Just several weeks ago, I attended the Annual Meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego. These ETS, IBR and SBL meetings are our major academic and professional society gatherings, the largest in the world.
While not directly related to ISAAC East, one event occurred which was indirectly related. Myself and two other friends organized a very successful church reunion for New York Chinese Baptist Church (NYCBC) on November 16th in Livingston. We expected only 20-25 people to show up but 50-60 came! Praise the Lord. This confirmed my feeling that although many of us attend Anglo-American churches we still love the Asian American fellowship. If you have interest in an Asian American fellowship, let me know.
I hope you will consider and pray whether the Lord might be leading you to support ISAAC East financially to provide opportunities for young people to try out ministry in a local church and to discern whether God might be calling them into full-time ministry. Donate below.
- [Jesus] told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2 NIV)
ISAAC, East Coast Project Director
P.S.: Postmark your gift by December 31st to be eligible for a 2019 tax deduction!
P.S.S.: if you’re going to Chinese Mission Conference (www.cmc2019.org) in Baltimore this month, I’ll see you then 🙂
The vision of ISAAC East is to raise up and support the next generation of Asian American Christian leaders through seminars, internships and special projects. Your financial support will enable ISAAC East to sponsor even more internships and provide more training, discernment and support for young adults seeking God’s call upon their lives. Click on the “Donate” button below to make your gift. You can earmark your gift for either our General Fund or our Summer Ministry Internship program or both.
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