Taylor wrote those words in 1852 while still in England.
He reached Shanghai in 1854 and for the next half
century devoted his life to missions. With the Lord
richly blessing his work, this exemplary Christian
touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,
possibly millions. The fruits of his ministry continue
to this generation.
evangelistic zeal that characterized Hudson Taylor is
driving Chinese PCA churches in the Washington, DC, area
today. Their mission is to reach not only Chinese people
who have made the US their home, but also those who come
here for a short stay and then return to China.
One of these
churches is Chinese Christian Church in Falls Church,
VA, which God is using to lead a multiplying movement
throughout the area. Senior pastor, John Dong-Yang Chiou,
planted this church in 1978. It began as a Reformed
Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, and joined the
PCA along with the RPC,ES in 1982.
(about 200) encompasses all ages, including both new
immigrants and those born in the US. About 70 percent
are permanent US residents; the remainder include
university students as well as professors. Mandarin
Chinese is the primary language, although services in
English are conducted each week by Calvin Tan who is
apprenticing to become a church planter.
A major goal is to
establish other churches around the suburbs of
Washington, DC. John has helped plant four and has a
long-range goal of planting many more. The latest is
Chinese Christian Church of Virginia in Springfield,
which meets at Harvester Presbyterian.
This church was
begun because of a man from Springfield who had visited
Chinese Christian in Falls Church and was converted. As
a result, John explains, "I felt God was leading me
to start a church in Springfield. At our first service
last January, we met in a room that could hold only 33
chairs — exactly 33 people showed up. By Easter
Sunday, we had our first baptisms: six adults and six
John and the new
congregation have since moved to a larger room and are
praying for a pastor. The need is urgent. "Our
greatest challenge," John says, "is finding
Chinese church planters. We’ve proven that if we plant
a Chinese church, people will come — they really want
to learn the basics of the Christian faith. We pray that
God will call many more men."
Over the years, the
Holy Spirit has brought about a multitude of conversions
at Chinese Christian in Falls Church. Some of these
converts have returned to China to join the underground
Christian church there. Case in point: a visiting
professor at Georgetown University, head of China’s
nuclear program in the 50s and 60s, came to Chinese
Christian Church as an unbeliever and was converted.
"I once followed Mao," he said; "now I
John Chiou grew up
in Taiwan where he worshipped Buddha. As a young teen,
quite opposed to Christianity, he burned a Bible at
school. Soon after, a Christian classmate offered to
help him with his math and suggested they meet at his
church. In time, the pastor led John to Christ. His
mother was converted also and, later, his father and
sisters came to know Christ.
seminary in Taiwan, he studied at seminaries in Los
Angeles and Dubuque, IA. In 1978, when a pastor he had
known at seminary asked him to lead a Bible study in
Virginia, John accepted. It was the start of his first
1978 Chinese Christian, Falls Church
Grace Chinese Christian, Herndon
Chinese Christian, Manassas
Chinese Christian, Springfield
Presbyterian, where Ron Bossom is senior pastor,
strongly supports the Chinese church planting movement.
Ron planted this church, which now has an average
attendance of 360, and has been instrumental in planting
a number of other churches in Potomac Presbytery.
Since seminary, Ron
says, God has filled him with an intense desire to plant
churches and to reach the Chinese with the Gospel. Both
objectives are addressed at Harvester where a chief goal
is to evangelize Chinese immigrants and disciple them in
Chinese PCA churches. Long-range, the goal is to build
the Christian church in China through believers who
return to China.
Harvester is also
focused on teaching members how to do ministry. "We’re
Gospel-driven, ministry-driven, and family-driven,"
says Ron. "The Lord has made it clear that we
should train our members to function together in
ministry, and those who leave here will know how to do
it at the next church."
Dave and Bev Froberg have an exceptional ministry
targeting Chinese at George Mason University, which has
hundreds of students from China as well as visiting
professors. A dozen years ago, the couple even moved
near the university, and Bev took a job as an
instructor. Although Bev no longer teaches, she stays
informed about the schedule of arriving Chinese and
often meets their planes. Helping them find housing and
introducing them to US services, the Frobergs establish
relationships that often lead to conversions.
A typical example is
a visiting instructor, an unbeliever, who recently came
to teach at George Mason. The Frobergs befriended this
woman, even invited her to stay in their home for
several weeks. She arrived in the fall and by spring,
through the power of the Spirit, had received Christ.
Soon after her conversion, she led her husband, who had
remained in China, to receive the Lord.
Other members of the
Harvester congregation participate in the outreach as
well. Every Friday afternoon, four English language
classes, biblically based, are offered to Chinese, and
Harvester members help teach. Through these efforts, at
least one visiting Chinese professor has received Christ
of Falls Church. The Chinese population in the
Washington, DC, area, now at 100,000, is steadily
increasing. Since Tiananmen Square, many have moved here
for greater freedom and better jobs.
Chiou (left), pastor of Chinese Christian Church in
Falls Church, is planting another Chinese church in
Springfield which meets at Harvester Presbyterian where
Ron Bossom is senior pastor.
Church members meet regularly at the home of David and
Ruth Lei for an evangelistic Bible study. The bulletin
board in the background displays the fruit of these
meetings. Each "apple" signifies a person
converted to Christ.
Chinese congregation in Springfield which started last
January has been blessed with growth, not only in
members, but also in conversions.
Chinese Christian in Herndon, daughter of the Falls
Church congregation, is pastored by Toon Yeo. About 100
people attend regularly.
Presbyterian, led by Michael Mang, provides space on
Sunday mornings for the Manassas Chinese Christian
congregation to worship, while the Cornerstone
congregation worships at the same time.
from lower left) John Chiou, pastor of Chinese
Christian, Falls Church; Tim Pan and Austin Chen, both
elders at Grace Chinese Christian, Herndon; Toon Yeo,
pastor of Chinese Christian, Herndon; and Steven Lee,
pastor of Chinese Christian, Manassas.
Christian student fellowship at George Mason University
was established by Chinese Christian at Falls Church.
Its student leader is president of student government at
The annual Embers to a Flame Conference on Church
Revitalization with the theme, "The Presence of God
that Rekindles the Flame," is scheduled February 3
- 6, 2000. Shifting location this year, the conference
moves to Briarwood Presbyterian in Birmingham, AL, since
conference leader Harry Reeder has become senior pastor
at Briarwood, succeeding Frank Barker who retired last
fall. Other key speakers will be Archie Parrish, church
vitality coordinator for MNA; Sandy Willson, senior
pastor at Second Presbyterian in Memphis; and Bruce
Johnson, president of NextLevel Leadership, a company
that helps organizations achieve their vision.
For a brochure, contact
Briarwood Presbyterian at 205-978-2204 or Archie Parrish
Women in Ministry: At the Women in the
Church (WIC) conference in September, eleven women
selected from nominations made by WIC members received
MNA Urban & Mercy Awards. To be considered, a woman
had to be involved with a mercy ministry broader than a
single church; a founder or key leader in such a
ministry; a resource for others involved in similar
ministries. Each received a $1000 grant to be given to a
ministry for the purpose of training women in mercy
ministry leadership. Award funds were allocated by MNA
from the 1998 WIC Love Gift. Others participating in
mercy ministries are encouraged to contact these leaders
for consultation or counsel.
Director of Federal Affairs, Justice Fellowship,
McLean, VA. Public policy arm of Prison Fellowship
Ministries, founded by Chuck Colson.
House Mother, Grace Maternity Home, Dallas, TX.
Christian home for young single expectant mothers.
Harvest USA, Philadelphia, PA. Support for those
seeking freedom from homosexuality and pornography.
Park Cities Presbyterian, Lao Presbyterian
Fellowship, Dallas, TX. Worship and varied programs for
Laotians in the Lao language.
Volunteer, Women’s Prison Ministry, Jackson,
MS. Bible studies and discipling for female inmates.
Women’s Ministry Director and InStep Ministries
Leader, New City Fellowship of North County, Ferguson,
MO. Ministries to single-mother families and to female
Founder and Principal, New Hope Academy,
Franklin, TN. Christian school especially for low-income
families, but committed to a diverse student body.
Founder, Hope for New York. Hope for New York is
associated with Redeemer Presbyterian, encompassing 20
Founder, Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries
(CALM), Charlottesville, VA. Associated with Trinity
Presbyterian, Christ-centered personal development for
Director of the Learning Center, New Song
Fellowship, Baltimore, MD. Daycare, school for K-8, and
after-school programs, among others.
Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services,
Greenville, SC. Adoption services; assessment and
preparation of Christian families.
Order the MNA Urban & Mercy Directory, a list of
leading ministries associated with the PCA and
recipients of the Urban & Mercy Leadership Awards.
To request a copy, contact MNA: 404-320-3330 or
A Campus Ministry for the
University of Georgia
early 1996, when Hal Farnsworth came to Athens to lay
the groundwork for Redeemer Presbyterian, he had already
envisioned a Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) on the
University of Georgia campus. "That was one of the
major reasons we came here," Hal says. It was also
the reason the church selected a site near campus for
their church building.
This past fall, RUF
at Georgia became a reality. The campus minister is Rob
Edwards, a UGA alumnus and recent graduate of
Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Rob
and his wife, Angie (also a UGA alum), had been praying
and planning for two years about the RUF. "We’re
very excited and thankful that God in His providence
allowed us to return to UGA and lead this
A native of Atlanta,
Rob was raised in the PCA, but didn’t take it
seriously until his second year of college. "I was
a rebelling Christian, but then I grew weary of the
party scene and came under conviction of the Holy
Spirit." That’s when Rob gained a true
understanding of the Gospel and gave his life to Christ.
with RUF dates back to 1985 when he became campus
minister at Mississippi State, and continued at
Vanderbilt, where he spent seven years before coming to
Athens. Naturally, when he started Redeemer, Hal focused
on cultivating a college ministry.
Rob had his first
taste of RUF while working as youth pastor at Clemson
Presbyterian in South Carolina for three years before
entering seminary. "I learned a lot from David
Sinclair, minister of Clemson’s RUF, and I’m
fortunate to have another excellent teacher in
Hal describes Rob as
"a very gifted guy. We’ve been wanting him here
for two years — we believe God has great things in
store for this RUF."
responded well to the new campus ministry at UGA, the
fourth RUF in the state. Large group meetings now have
an average attendance of 75.
years, Hal Farnsworth, left, pastor of Redeemer
Presbyterian, laid the groundwork for the campus
ministry and was instrumental in bringing Rob Edwards,
right, to serve as RUF leader.
Athens is a
typical university town with much of life revolving
around UGA. This institution has 30,000 students while
the town’s population is only 62,000, excluding
Church Planters Meet
Simpsonwood Conference Center in Atlanta, 88
southeastern church planters and their wives met for a
three-day conference focused on the theme,
"Renewing the Heart." According to Tom Wood,
Southeast regional coordinator, "The purpose was to
provide worship, prayer, workshops, and personal
interaction that will prepare pastors to advance church
multiplication." Conference speaker was Pete
Alwinson, senior pastor of Willow Creek Presbyterian in
Winter Springs, FL. Worship leader was David Hampton,
director of worship at Christ Community Church in
Franklin, TN. Practical workshops were led by several
different pastors and church planters.
the 1999 Midwest Church Planting Conference at
Naperville Presbyterian in Naperville, IL, 85 pastors
and wives, seminary students and lay leaders joined
together for fellowship and renewal. "We had the
best turnout ever," says Ted Powers, midwest
regional coordinator. "Each year, our goal is to
encourage and equip churches to reach the harvest of
souls in the midwest." Speaking on "Agents of
Grace" was Bryan Chapell, president of Covenant
Seminary, while Jim Bland, MNA coordinator, presented
his vision of evangelism for MNA. Completing the
schedule were nuts and bolts seminars on various topics
led by several pastors and church planters.
is pleased to announce that Tim McKeown has been named
PCA Chaplain serves in Bosnia: Chaplain
Steven Logan, a captain in the US Army, is now in Tuzla,
Bosnia, serving as deputy division chaplain for the
Multi-National Division North. Among his numerous
duties, Steven conducts Protestant services at the base
chapel on Sunday mornings and visits remote sights in
the afternoons. Traveling by helicopter, Steven sees
himself as "a sort of circuit rider, only with a
Black Hawk instead of a horse." Here, he is shown
serving communion on Mt. Vis, an American signal sight
near Tuzla. "The soldiers have consistently
expressed gratitude for the opportunity to worship and
hear the Word," says Steven. "Pray for them as
well as for God’s blessing on this work, and ask that
souls will be saved."
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