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From this issue of News Update:
On Sept. 24, I was able to attend CIM USA’s 25th anniversary thanksgiving celebration in San Jose, California, where CIM USA headquarters are situated. On the evening of the celebration over 120 people attended a banquet where we enjoyed a good Chinese meal, but more importantly, reminisced and praised God for the work that He has done through CIM USA over the last 25 years and we looked forward to how He will use CIM USA in the next quarter of a century.
Chinese International Missions began as a shared desire to fulfill the Great Commission on an individual and corporate basis. It was started by the late Rev. Clarence Pi and Rev. Hans Wilhelm. The initial vision and dream started in 1991 when Rev. Pi and Rev. Wilhelm realized that they shared a common vision for Chinese Christians to band together to share the gospel. In February of 1992, they made an exploratory trip to key Chinese and mission leaders to ascertain the viability of their dream. The leaders affirmed this idea as a priority of the times. An organizational meeting was held in June, 1992 and shortly after the first Board of Directors for CIM USA was formed. In February of 1993, CIM USA was incorporated.
In the early years, CIM also established a branch in Hong Kong and started missions work to Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil in South America; Sweden, Norway, and Germany in Europe; and South Africa in Africa. In 1998, CIM entered a transitional period when Rev. Pi passed away unexpectedly while serving in South Africa. This included assigning Rev. Philip Leung in leading an African Task Force.
In 2004, CIM Canada was formed with Rev. Philip Leung as the Executive Director with the mandate of exploring cross cultural mission opportunities in Africa. In 2007, Mrs. Christine Pi (the widow of Rev. Clarence Pi) was invited to serve as Executive Director for CIM USA, a position she continues to hold. In 2012, CIM Australia was founded.
Sharing from Mrs. Christine Pi (Executive Director for CIM USA):
As we celebrate CIM’s 25th anniversary, we reflect upon what we have accomplished this past quarter of a century. CIM exists as a missions organization that seeks to mobilize Christians… to serve and advance the kingdom of God as missionaries …
… God gives every organization a special vision and mission. CIM is a very small missions organization yet God has provided us with dedicated co-workers who are faithful to perform their role to make it work. In God, nothing is by chance. He is the Creator of the whole symphony. Twenty-five years ago, He placed a vision in the hearts of the late Rev. Clarence Pi and Rev. Hans Wilhelm to establish a Chinese missions organization that seeks to mobilize Chinese Christians in North America. The goal was to encourage others to get out of their comfort zones and to look at world missions from a new perspective, not only participating through financial support, but offering their lives to serve unreached peoples. We are grateful for God’s great faithfulness to us over the years, and humbly continue in our desire to heed God’s calling …
For me, personally, CIM Canada has been a real blessing. Even though I have known about CIM Canada for many years, my first involvement with CIM Canada was in 2007 when I led a short-term mission team from the church I was pastoring to Ghana. One of the other pastors at the church was on the Board of Directors for CIM Canada and he introduced me to Rev. Philip Leung, who, at that time, was the Executive Director for CIM Canada. Little did I know that would be the beginning of a journey which has brought me to Africa over 20 times and have allowed me to partner with locals to further the kingdom of God in a cross-cultural setting.
Serving with CIM Canada has broadened my horizons and have allowed me to see God work on a global scale. Having pastored in the English congregations of Chinese churches for 15 years, it was quite a switch for me to come on staff with CIM Canada in 2012. Initially, when Rev. Leung approached me to join CIM Canada, my immediate reaction was ‘no’ as I was already pastoring in a church and I believed that was where my ministry was. Missions has always been a passion of mine, but I believed that God wanted me to serve Him in a church setting. However, after a few more trips to Africa, a lot of prayer, and the persistence of Rev. Leung and his wife, the Lord showed me clearly that it was time to join CIM Canada full time.
The CIM Canada family has been great to me, first as I served as the Ministry Director for Ghana, and more recently as the Executive Director of CIM Canada, after the retirement of Rev. Philip Leung in 2016. It has been a joy not only working with the staff and board of directors for CIM Canada, but also to partner with CIM USA and CIM Australia as well as the local organizations in Africa.
The Lord has taught me a lot during my time with CIM Canada. He has shown me that He is a God who is in control of every situation and that I can trust Him in all circumstances, whether it is finalizing a grant agreement with an oversees organization, battling the elements in rural Africa, being saved from snakes that are about to attack, and seeing lives being transformed for Jesus.
I know that CIM will continue to share the gospel of our Lord globally. Lives will be impacted and people will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Because of the work of CIM, leaders will be raised and the kingdom of God will expand.
Jesus says in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 which states, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
I believe that CIM is doing a superb job in carrying out this mandate. We are making disciples of all nations. May this continue in the next 25 years and beyond.
Rev. Isaac Quan
Financial Highlights for the month of September 2017
(please click on the table to enlarge)
1. General Fund – for general and administrative such as staff salaries
2. Designated Fund – for specific ministries in different field locations as designated (cannot be transferred between funds)
– All financial figures are in Canadian dollar and rounded to the nearest dollar.
Canadian Registered Charity Registration Number of CIM (Canada): 896216207RR0001