- Category: Pastor Letters
- Published: Sunday, 23 June 2019 00:00
I. 抗戰時期校園事工 - 華人校園事工興旺的第一波
此外神也興起計志文牧師做巡迴佈道工作；內地會的宣教士在不同的大學中，建立校園團契。在這些傳道人與宣教組織帶領之下，一場影響深遠的復興運動被帶動起來。1945年7月趙君影牧師與于力工牧師一同推動「中國各大學基督徒學生團契夏令會」，地點在重慶南山的靈修學院，有41所大學的團契代表共計153人從各地來參加：由西北大學前來參加的滕近輝要花七天時間才能抵達，由廣西而來的參加者更步行了43天的路程，聖靈親自在做工，感動人不辭艱難來參加聚會。 于力工牧師回憶說：「大會中我也領禱告，那種如火如荼同聲開口的禱告，有如山東大復興時的宋尚節或計志文奮興會中的禱告，認罪流淚的禱告。」 當時作為學生參加者之一的滕近輝牧師提到「會上聖靈大大工作，我得到了復興，再一次將自己獻給主，一生事奉祂。當時有十六位學生奉獻（其中有陳終道牧師）。」 學生復興之火繼續燃燒，在抗戰時期全時間奉獻及蒙召的學生很多，為以後的華人教會帶來了新的動力與衝擊。劉國偉在分享神在這段期間的作為時說：
感謝神，帶領近150 位帶職事奉主的弟兄姐妹帶著他們的孩子，約 200 人一同來參加了這次的帶職信徒訓練營，攜家帶眷來參加營會是一件不容易的事，福份卻是非常的豐富，營會不僅有美好的講員，也有具數十年兒童事工經驗的同工來教導與看顧小孩，這是何等大的福份。全家一同來追求主，全家一同在主前蒙恩，這樣的家庭，必被主看重，全家被主使用。感謝主！這次營會也有不少弟兄姊妹從東西兩岸來參加，他們追求主的心實在令人感動。主藉著這次營會的講員許道良牧師、袁曉牧師和阮雄長老所帶出的信息，實在帶出美好的異象與復興，感謝主的作為！
這次有89 位年青人參加這次的營會，他們在過去一年，常常彼此提醒，要常常讀經與禱告，過主喜愛的生活，也一同來參加這次的營會。時下的青少年都選擇好玩、或是學術味濃厚的營會，所以當我看見這麼多的年青人，卻是為了追求主、要作主的門徒，才來這次的營會，心中是非常的感動，主藉著Dr. and Mrs. Elwood Chipchase, Rev. Steve Tan, Sister Vivian Lin, Rev. Barry Edwards 等來向他們說話，求主賜福他們回去的學業及在主面前的繼續追求。
- 求主幫助您能鼓勵教會的弟兄姐妹來參加八月的營會和讀經營， 一同追求主，得裝備，回去後一同同心合意事奉主，興旺主的國度。
- 為美國同工Pastor Shull 與 Scott 的維修與建造工程禱告，求主更多使用他們手上的工作。
Dear brothers and sisters, peace to you,
I greet you in the Lord’s grace and mercy! May the Lord’s grace and mercy become the driving force for us to pursue and serve Him, so that we can know Him better and produce much fruit for His name’s sake.
Chinese students are all over the world now not only in the United States, but also in Europe. Chinese students and scholars scatter on various campuses. God’s will for all campuses is that more students and scholars turn to God and bring great revival to God’s kingdom. More students dedicate themselves to be God’s servants to share the Gospel quicker from university campuses all over. Especially since higher education is progressing in China, God’s will for Chinese students is manifested in recruiting more students and scholars to be the Lord’s servants for His kingdom and Chinese churches. Throughout church history, God used campus ministries from all decades to cause later rapid growth of the Gospel. Looking back at Chinese student ministry history can help us to know that methods God used in campus ministries. We can apply these principles in today’s campus ministry. In this and the next few CWC newsletters we will review the development of Chinese campus ministry and lessons that remain thoroughly applicable today.
Chinese Campus Ministry History - Part I
I. Campus Ministry during the Anti-Japanese War—First Wave of Ministry Growth
Gospel ministry among Chinese scholars experienced rapid growth in the late 1930s. It was a very difficult time for the Chinese government. Many colleges had just been established. More students pursued higher education. Then the war between China and Japan started. Under the serious attacks of Japanese military, the Chinese army was defeated. Many people escaped toward inland China. Costal college students and teachers moved westward to avoid the Japanese military. Exile days were not easy. There was danger on the road. Making a living was even more difficult. Every day brought threats of airplane and bombing attacks. Such danger became opportunity for student ministry. Prior to the war, college students from various regions did not show much interest in spiritual matters. They were more interested in pursuing academic knowledge than Bible knowledge. Beyond the work of college, students were more eager to engage in political activities than to pursue spiritual matters. However, most renowned colleges were established by overseas churches and missionaries to promote Godly education and to share Christian principles. Students rather liked attending religious-affiliated schools for the western educational methods and technology, but the students tried their best to avoid religious teaching and lessons. Their interest in politics was similar to the students attending public schools. Thus, the Gospel was not easy to spread not just among the public schools, but also even in Christian colleges. The common slogans among the students were: The expansion of the realm of science is the diminishment of religion. True scholars are against religion; religious people are not true scholars.
But during the war and exile, young students faced life-threatening situations and a miserable or unknown future. These students began not only to pursue knowledge, but also contemplated future life and the meaning of life. People’s hearts started to soften. They thought of spiritual matters more often and pursued God. During the war, the gate of Gospel was wide open among colleges. God raised ministers to share the Gospel in these colleges. One of them was Pastor Calvin Chao from Chinese Native Evangelical Crusade (later called the Chinese Nationals’ Evangelism Commission). He was active in various campuses. In order to speed up student ministry, he invited Pastor Moses Yu to work with him. The young Pastor Yu became an important helper for Pastor Chao in promoting college gospel and revival movement.
God also raised Andrew Gih as a circuit evangelist. Missionaries from Inland China Mission formed campus fellowships among different universities. Under the leadership of these ministers and mission organizations, an influential revival movement began. Pastor Calvin Chao and Pastor Moses Yu organized a “summer camp for all Chinese university Christian fellowships” in July of 1945 at Chongqing Nanshan Devotional College . Coming from all over the country, 153 people representing 41 university fellowships attended the camp. Pastor Philip Jinhui Teng of Northwest University spent almost 7 days traveling to the camp. Participants from Guangxi walked 43 days. The Holy Spirit was at work to touch so many people against all kinds of difficulties to join in the camp. Pastor Yu recalled, “I also led prayer during the meeting. Everybody prayed out loud with tears for repentance like the prayer of John Sung during the Shandong revival or Andrew Gih’s revival meeting.” One of the student participants, Philip Teng, Teng remarked, “The Holy Spirit was doing great work. I was revived and re-dedicated myself for the Lord. I will serve him all my life. Sixteen students dedicated themselves to the Lord (Stephen C. T. Chan was one of them.)” The fire of revival among students continued to burn. Many students were called by God and dedicated themselves to serve God fulltime during the War. They provided a new force and motivation for many Chinese churches later. Pastor Kwok-Wai Lau shared what God was doing during this period:
The Chinese Student Federation challenged young students about life during this suffering time of our nation. All the coworkers became life examples of Gospel mission. We saw that God used the Chinese Student Federation to raise up numerous young Christians to spread the Gospel. Among them were faithful servants having significant contribution to Chinese churches in the next half century. Among the dedicated people were numerous unsung ministers like Yun-bo Bian who evangelized to the Chinese border. Despite persecution and danger, they were faithful to what they believed and witnessed for the great power of the Gospel in New China.
From this period of campus ministry history, we can see:
- God is happy to gain young people. Young people who study in universities are to be used by God.
- Campus ministry is difficult, but as long as we are faithful to do it, God is at work in unexpected hours.
- Before the students trusted in the Lord, they strongly opposed Christ. After they believed and were changed by God, their level of dedication to the Lord far exceeded their former opposition.
- Once a college student was called by God, they tended to influence God’s kingdom for thirty to fifty years.
- For the sake of the future of God’s kingdom, churches need to put an emphasis on campus ministry.
We give thanks to God for May disciple and coworker Training.
About seventy brothers and sisters and their children attended discipleship camp right after the conclusion of their semester and high-pressure finals. They did not choose to go for vacation, but to equip themselves to be coworkers for next semester’s campus ministry. Rather than hurry to job-seeking, some fresh grads grasped the last chance to join this weeklong training camp before they joined the work force. Such training before working is very precious. Not hurrying home to see families after classes were over, some chose to equip themselves first, so they can share the Gospel with their families. Thank God! The needs of these brothers and sisters were satisfied through the teachings of His servants Pastor John Hsu and Pastor Xiao Yuan.
We give thanks to God for Lay Minister discipleship Training.
Thank God for leading close to 150 working brothers and sisters to bring their children, about 200 together, to attend this year’s lay minister discipleship camp. It is not easy to bring the whole family to attend camp. The blessings are greater. The camp had not only great speakers, but also children workers with decades of experience on teaching and caring for kids. What a great blessing is that! The whole family pursues the Lord together. The whole family receives grace in front of the Lord. God will certainly watch over this kind of family and use them. God used the messages of the speakers, Pastor John Hsu, Pastor Xiao Yuan, and elder Jack Yuan to bring wonderful vision and revival. Thank God for His work!
Youth Discipleship Training Camp (June 2nd to 8th)
There were 89 youth attended this year’s camp. In the past year, they always reminded one another to read the Bible and pray to live a life pleasing to the Lord. They also made promise to come to youth camp together. Teenagers nowadays are more likely to choose a camp that is more entertaining or more educational focusing. I was deeply touched to see so many young people’s motivation to come to this camp was to pursue God and become disciples. The Lord used Dr. and Mrs. Elwood Chipchase, Rev. Steve Tan, Sister Vivian Lin, Rev. Barry Edwards and others to talk to them. Pray that God will bless their studies and their pursue of the Lord.
Paul’s Missionary Journey Study Tour (June 16th to 28th)
When you receive this newsletter in June, we will be already on our way to Paul’s missionary Journey study tour. Many such trips are sea cruises and people see much water. We use tour bus, and so we visit more locations. We will be passing through Asia Minor and a few churches in Revelations, Patmos Island, Troas, Europe’s Greece, Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Meteora, Athens, Corinth in Achaia, Puteoli (Pompei) ,and Rome. We will meet up in Istanbul and dismiss in Rome to save everyone’s travel time. Pray that God will bless each participant that they will grow in knowledge, spiritual maturity, and physically. Also pray for travel mercy.
Independence Day East Coast Disciple & Coworker Training Camp (July 3rd evening to 6th 3:30pm)
August Bible Camp (July 28th to August 3rd)
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7) Please come to join the August Bible Camp. Pray that God will call more brothers and sisters to save this week to attend. This year’s camp focuses on the Pauline Epistles. These books contain rich doctrine, Christian living, and basics of serving. They can help us to live a life to glorify God and serve Him more effectively. Please take advantage of this opportunity to attend. You must be a believer and must have attended at least one Discipleship Training within the recent two years in order to attend Bible camp. The speakers are Pastor Chuang-seng Wang and Sister Grace Lee. Deadline is June 15. Please sign up early as we will not process late applications.
August Disciple and Coworker Training (August 4th to 10th)
This camp is a great opportunity for preparing student coworkers for next semester. Pray that God will let more students come back early to equip themselves to welcome serving opportunity in the new semester. Disciple and coworker camp is not only for equipping students, but also for everyone who is willing to be the Lord’s disciple and willing to do God’s work. Our location is by the Lake of the Ozarks. The camp has family dormitories so that your whole family can grow in the Lord together and study God’s Words. Our speakers are Pastor David Wu and Pastor Gershom Lee . Please pray for the camp and invite brothers and sisters to attend.
August and September Short term Mission Teams
The hot summer weather reminds us a new semester is at hand and new students are coming. New opportunities to share the Gospel are in front of our eyes. According to our statistics, 18% of brothers and sisters ever attending CWC camps accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior within the first month of setting foot in US! The first month of the new school year is the best chance to share the Gospel. Pray that the Lord will motivate us, with strength from the Lord, to grasp this chance to strive to gain more new believers. About Ten teams from east and west coast will share the Gospel in the Midwest campuses during August 16th- 25th and September 6th -15th. Pray that God will use them to influence local brothers and sisters to share the Gospel to other students with fervent hearts and skills and experience God. The Gospel is God’s great power. We are not ashamed of the Gospel. We hurry to share the Gospel and build up more disciples and student coworkers. We will stir up the current of campus ministry. Please pray for all the short-term mission teams and their sending churches. If your campus needs a mission team to help care for new students, please contact us in advance.
- Pray for Paul’s Missionary Journey Study Tour (June 16th to 28th). Especially ask God to grant peace and good learning opportunities.
- We give thanks to God that He has blessed the June Youth Discipleship camp. Pray that the Lord will bless the growth in these young people.
- Pray for the brothers and sisters who just graduated that God will lead their future and strengthen them.
- Pray that God will bless various camps to build up more students after graduating, for Gospel’s sake, to be faithful fulltime or bi-vocation coworkers in their home towns and to gain more souls for the Lord in their cities.
- Pray that God will help you to encourage more brothers and sisters in your church to attend August disciple camp and Bible camp. Pursue God together, be equipped and then return to local churches to serve God with one accord to revive God’s kingdom.
- Please remember CWC’s financial needs: general fund, building fund, and training fund. Pray that God will use His rich power to uphold the ministries of CWC. Pray that God will place the burden in more brothers and sisters’ hearts to pray and support CWC ministries financially.
- Pray for CWC coworkers and pastors Shull and Scott who are in charge of maintaining and building projects. Pray that God will greatly use the works on their hands.
- Pray for the planning work for the August and September mission teams. Pray that God will raise up and equip mission teams and prepare the hearts of local campus coworkers to share the Gospel together and revive campus all over.
- Pray for CWC coworkers who are having a busy summer. Pray that God will strengthen them and prepare for them to do greater works in the new school year.
Working together with you in His riches and power,