three-year-old-cupcakeHappy Martin Luther King Junior Day!

“Without hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always right to do right.”   —Martin Luther King, Jr, (1965).

This web-based ministry is three today, and it still is just a proposal. We still are just the work of one main person and illustrating what AsianAmericanChristian.org could be.


BUILDING STRUCTURE
Year 1
purpose

2013
7 current challenges inform our mission

to ask "What is God doing in us?"
(1) to hear and gather all Asian American Christian voices, (2) to build inroads necessary for understanding, reconciliation and fellowship

Our mission allows us not only to address these current challenges, but it also sets up future generations to address deeper and new challenges.
Year 2

allowing for
layers of context and
spectrums of views

2014
How we will fulfill our mission:
gathering, doing and promoting research
on our own terms

while allowing for individuality and communality, change and growth, various levels of rigor

as we come alongside and serve to meet one another where we're at, just as Jesus meets us

ILLUSTRATING WHAT COULD BE
Year 3

we are diverse

2015
Doing research to help us move beyond the anecdotal

Gathering on record first person testimonies and opinions from a variety of Asian American ministries

"...so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught." --Luke 1:14
we are interconnected

2016
Applying research and experimenting to address our common challenges

Beginning to explore the implications of being grouped together
we are one in Christ

2017
Bringing the implications of our research to Christ

Gathering a spectrum of views on what this means that we are one in Christ

Our vision: "May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you loved me." --John 17:23b

Our theme for this year is to begin to illustrate how we are interconnected. Our lives touch upon one another more than we realize.

Minutes before King said the quote above, in the same 1965 commencement speech imploring people stay engaged amidst the fast changes happening in this world, he said this:

“What we are facing today is the fact that through our scientific and technological genius we’ve made of this world a neighborhood….We must all learn to live together as brothers – or we will all perish together as fools. This is the great issue facing us today. No individual can live alone; no nation can live alone. We are tied together…. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be – this is the interrelated structure of reality.”

How much more true is his statement today especially with the growing ubiquity of the Internet. We are all the more tied together, connected to one another. We are created by one Creator, made in God’s image and thus of tremendous value, desired and loved by God.

How much more true this has this been since the 1965 Immigration Act that allowed most of us Asians into this country, turning us into Asian Americans!  As recently as one or two generations ago, few of us imagined living across an ocean and having children, many of whom would grow up to only speak in English, who would interact with one another, inter-marry, and share Christ with one another.  Many of us, first and second generation people, met Christ across this ocean, devoted our lives to Christ, ministering Christ to others.

As we have grouped ourselves together, just as others have group us together. Some of these interconnections delight us and some grieve us. Nevertheless, because of these interconnections, our ministries are dependent on one another even though we may not be familiar or know about the other’s existence.

This next year, we’ll be exploring our interconnectedness.  We’ll be:

  • Highlighting patterns and implications from our pre-existing interviews
  • Exploring how we fundraise and think of fundraising, as this ministry fundraises ourselves
  • Continuing to champion the relevance of all Asian American ministries

Lord willing.

Lord, we give you this budding ministry yet again this year. It is yours. Have your way with it. Thank you for your past faithfulness, for paving the way, for connecting us with wonderful people to interview, to connect with, to know and advise us.  That is all your doing, and we continue to give you all honor and glory and praise. Keep us in you, for you, for your glory. Continue to open up a way for us, a way to serve. Continue to grow a deeper love in our hearts for all Asian American Christians as for all people we come in contact with.  Continue to clarify our communication. Continue to use us, if it is your will, dear Lord. We are here and at your service. We are here because we love you, dear Lord. We are here because we are in your good keeping. In Jesus, Amen.

 

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