|Talking with Revd Lawrence Law(UK), Revd Boh Che Suan (Former President of MC in Malaysia) & his wife|
|With Dr Raymond Chung-I Chen, General Secretary of the 7th Mission Conference & Revd Lawrence Law|
|Bible Study, Monday|
Following the Bible study and group discussion there was a tea break at 9.45. Friends, this was not tea, coffee and biscuits. This was a selection of hot and cold drinks and a wide and bountiful selection of pastries, fish balls and other delicious chinese food, it was a veritable feast - abundant generosity and generous hospitality.
The second session on each morning was the key note address. These three addresses were given by a Malaysian Professor of theology and his themes were:
- Re-examining the holistic gospel
- The clash of civilizations
- The rise of China and its significance for the world mission of Chinese Christians
|With Dorothy one of the translators|
We discovered on the cultural evening that the key note speaker also had a superb singing voice and he introduced the second and third lectures with song. It was wonderful to be able to join in on the third occasion as we sang, in English, "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"
We had lunch in different places. On the first day we spent the first hour of the lunch break in prayer for those working as mission partners and then went for a "light lunch" of sandwiches, fruit, pastries, and ice creams. This was served in the Methodist college, opposite Kowloon Methodist Church where we were meeting for conference sessions. On the second and third days (excluding Sunday) we divided into two groups, each group having a Chinese buffet one day and Dim Sum on the other.
On both Friday and Saturday afternoon we attended two workshops having chosen from an extensive list. I chose from those that had English translation available or were given in English:
- How Chinese Methodist churches see homosexuality
- The role of proclamation in mission
- How Methodists see individual piety and social justice
- Ministry among migrant workers (Indonesian and Filipino)
|Dancing by delegates from Taiwan|
|Some of the delegates from the UK, they sang for us.|
On Sunday we went to different churches to worship. I went to the Methodist International Church where the senior pastor is Revd Eden Fletcher, he was stationed in Newcastle until recently. I will blog separately about the service. After lunch in the church I joined a city tour which was interesting as there was no translation! Fortunately I sat next to one of the other delegates from the UK and she was able to translate for me when I really needed to hear something. Here are some pictures from the tour:
|View from the Peak|
|View from the Peak|
|The closing service|
|The holding cross, engraved with Chinese characters for faith, hope and love|
This has been a rich and varied experience. I am privileged to be here, I have talked with many people, prayed with many people and have a deeper understanding of aspects of Chinese culture.