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Name.last anonymous Name.firstI prefer to stay Email firstname.lastname@example.org How did you hear about this site? Friend If Other please specify: What are your thoughts about TCM? I want to learn more about TCM ministry Comment Pastor James, I'm confused as to why your church is restricted to only believers. Is not the mission of Christians to bring others to faith, so that they too can embrace the love of God? I know people who have been on missions as non-believers, more as accompanists and not as teachers, who had their realization during their missionary trip. Why deprive those who need it most of this opportunity? TCM is not restricted to only believers. in fact, for our church to live out our purpose we must be in the context of non-believing friends. relationally everyone is at a different stage with Jesus. some are close and others are far and indifferent. the role of the church is to introduce non-believing friends to join this journey following the way of Jesus. yes, sometimes a short-term mission trip is a great place to see the love of God in action. so, we welcome people of different faith to join us, as long as they keep an open mind to Jesus and the Bible. we'd love to fellowship everyone.
when I finally arrived in Surabaya, I received my itinerary. it was packed with events and i began to learn about this ministry that started 20 years by Mama Hanna called Pondok Kasih (House of Love). it was twenty years ago when mama hanna went through a physical ailment where she received healing by the grace of God. she then devoted the rest of her life to God for whatever God wanted her to do. her ministry began when a homeless couple that lived on the street came to her house. she took care of them. over time, more came. one time her husband went on a business trip and returned finding their house full of the poor. since then, they remodeled their house and made a chapel, bought the house across the street and made it into an office. they now serve, the poor, the street kids, the orphans, the homosexuals, the prostitutes, the transvestites, and all the societal rejects. their mobile medical clinic makes 3 to 4 calls to serve the needs of the local poor, their bi-weekly wednesday chapel for the poor has a modest attendance over 3000. they have classes for children and adults that helps them with basic needs to business entrepreneurship. they have over 27 street kid groups. they started something called inter-faith dialogue, where they brought the Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Catholics, the Christians and more together to talk about faith. there has been tremendous reconciliation taking place through her ministry. they also put together this thing called, mass wedding, where over 4500 people of different faiths participated in July 2011. apparently, the poor cannot receive even the government's subsidies without a proper marriage certificate, but most of the poor in indonesia do not have the money to pay for one. …will continue in PART III
this is a post long over due. well, i had an opportunity to visit indonesia in September this year. this trip brought me so much encouragement i wanted to share it with everyone. my journey started over 10 years ago. i was a pastor in an indonesian chinese church for around two years and I fell in love with the people and their food. God put in me a desire to reach southeast asia. but then nothing happened, for a long time. but in 2008, i had a divine appoint to lead a retreat in the Philippines. it was pretty amazing. since then, i've been going every year to the Philippines. anyways, last year i was so surprised to be invited to officiate a wedding in Bali, Indonesia, a beautiful island resort. at the same time, i found out about this huge conference also taking place in Bali. i thought this must be divine appointment. so i set my heart on going to this conference. anyways, to make a long story short, my seminary president decided to let me go to this conference in september. i was so thrilled. however, i needed to setup some speaking engagements so i could fundraise for a portion of my trip. well, because we made the decision kind of late, i ran out of personal resources. but God let me to pastor wayland wong, a retired pastor. he introduced me to ada lum, a retired missionary at 85. and she introduced me to mama hanna. i didn't know mama hanna, so i had no idea what I was getting myself into but i planned my trip to visit mama hanna, in surabaya, indonesia. when I arrived… Please read PART II
we had a good turn out last night, a total of 36 people came. they were from all different ages and stages of life. i presented some philosophies as the fundamentals for this new ministry in Cerritos. this is the basic outline of what i presented last night.
What are we doing?
Revitalize an aging Chinese Immigrant church here in Cerritos
Initiate a English speaking Multi-Asian, Multi-Ethnic ministry
Why are we doing this?
The Local Church is the ONLY hope for the World
A Transforming Community will change a CITY, a NATION and the WORLD
How will this church be different?
Missional: Being and Making Glocal Disciples of Jesus; Focusing on Life and Lifestyle Transformation
Organic: Developing Life Group that will impact the Home, Work place and Everywhere; Changing Lives, Families in any Community
Relevant: Engaging Internal & External Culture to Build the Church; Serving the Poor, the Disadvantaged, and the Marginal in the City
Weekly Bible Study: the foundation for Christ’s Mission begins with the Word of God. Every disciple loves the Lord and desires to obey His commands. That is why every disciple who serves in the body learns to be a diligent student of the Word
Discipleship Training: the disciple of Jesus is a doer of the Word not a hearer only. So, discipleship training will require lifestyle alteration, making room for God to rule (God’s Kingdom). Also, a disciple learns to bring others along to follow Jesus
Vision Capture: the Kingdom of God is the rule and reign of Christ in the lives of the believer. This Kingdom will grow and extend into the family, the marketplace and the city. A disciple of Jesus learns to wait for God’s vision through prayer
Global Mission: the goal of the church is to transform the world through discipleship. The church participates in the movement of God locally and globally. Every missional effort is of God and nothing will come apart from Him
Natural Habitat: the church begins in the midst of the most basic unit of human relations, namely, marriage and family; it then moves beyond into friendship, hobbies, workplace, and beyond. There is no limit to God's reachThe Ministry Call: the church do not need to separate professing from profession; every disciple is called to serve a community, whether in the ghetto part of town or downtown high-rise. Ministry is not limited to "the church"
Life (cell) Group: every disciple is a member of a life group serving the need of a community; the community can be in any context that has the potential for growth and development. Accountability and support is what connects life groups together
Metamorphosis: the goal is community transformation, restoring the rule of Christ or Kingdom Culture; once the target community attains desired outcome, it becomes a hub to generate and regenerate more life groups
Fasted Lifestyle: a Disciple of Jesus lives a Life that is Solely Devoted to God; Battling against sin and sinful lifestyle; Fulfilling the call to be set apart; Observing Sabbath and winning souls for Jesus; not out of duty but of love.
Primacy of Family: the most fundamental unit of the Church is marriage and family; Holding each disciple accountable to his or her marriage and family is the call of the church; Ministering cross-generationally to preserve culture and to advance the Kingdom.
Cultural/Ethnic Diversity: the Church must embrace the manifold expressions of faith through celebrating diversity; Acknowledging God’s gifting through the nations; Examining each culture through Biblical lens; Embracing a Kingdom Culture of diversity
Leading through Change: the world is changing in an unprecedented rate. Instead of reacting to the changes, the Church must take lead in shaping the future, with God’s timeless truth; Mastering biblical leadership and management; Shaping marketplace leaders
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