Dear Canaan English Ministry members and friends,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration! I certainly did. So I’m feeling refreshed and excited about the new year. 2016 will be a very important year for me and for Canaan’s English Ministry, so please pray for the following:
1. My calling.I will be entering a time of discernment about my future with Canaan this year (my current contract ends in January 2017). I face a number of decisions and need to have some burdens lifted. These will help me see what is next. Ask God to give Canaan, me, and my family clarity by the end of the year.
2. Our Young Adults. Pray for them to continue to grow and thrive. Many of the “older” young adults are transitioning into a family life stage. We also need to build up the “younger” young adults (college students and recent grads). We have an excellent core team (Rachel Hung, Vicki Saye, Chris Su, Ming Su, Louis Weng, Eve Wu), so I am confident that God will use them to build up a healthy young adult fellowship.
3. Our Families. Pray for them to blossom. Deacon John Tang is organizing a core team to provide connections and resources for our families beyond our small groups.
4. Everglow Youth. Pray that our youth will build a firm spiritual foundation. We anticipate a large increase of youth this year. Pray for Pastor Chris, counselors, parents, and youth core as they help our youth grow their personal walk with Jesus, their Christian worldview, and their love for the Church.
5. New leaders and servants. Pray that God will stir the hearts of more of our people to serve and lead. We are short on deacons this year, so I’ve been doing more volunteer coordinating than in the past. I would like to do more equipping, shepherding, and teaching – so pray that God will raise up leaders to serve and coordinate.
5. First Love. Above all, pray that people will know Canaan’s English Ministry by our love for God, one another, the neighbor, the enemy, and the least of these. Pray that anyone who visits our worship services, steps into our fellowships, participates in our bible studies and small groups, and shares our personal lives will conclude that – for people at Canaan – love comes first!
So, this Sunday, we’ll kick off the new year with a Sermon series on God’s love. God’s love is the starting point for true love. In other words, we can only understand what love really is by knowing and experiencing God’s love first.
I look forward to an exciting and, what I believe will be, a decisive year! Please let me know you are praying and don’t hesitate to call me if you have any suggestions or questions.
See you Sunday!
Tim Tseng 曾 祥 雨 :: PhD
Pastor of English Ministries
Healthy Church Leaders Initiative
Asian American Leadership Center
Syrian Refugee Sunday
January 10, 2016
As a little boy, Jesus and his parents were refugees (as depicted in He Qi’s painting and Matthew 2:13-15). Indeed, Israel’s history and the first Christians is filled with experiences of displacement and temporary homelessness. I believe that God has a special place in his heart for refugees.
So I invite you to continue to think about responding to the on-going Syrian Refugee crisis. With the help of World Vision, we will devote some time to being more aware, praying for, and responding to this crisis on January 10th. There will be a special offering as well as opportunities to sponsor a child.
Here is a link to a small group study and discussion resource on this topic from World Vision. I hope you’ll have a look at it [download small group study]