August 27-September 2, 2012
General Assembly News
Christian Conference of Asia celebrates 55th anniversary in Hsinchu
Reported by Chen Wei-chien
Written by Lydia Ma
The Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) celebrated its 55th anniversary by holding a thanksgiving service in Taiwan on August 22, 2012 at Hsinchu Presbyterian Church. This service, co-hosted by the PCT General Assembly Office, was attended by PCT General Secretary Andrew Chang and PCT General Assembly Moderator Pusin Tali, as well as 60 other guests from more than 20 countries from across Asia.
CCA, an organization founded in 1959, has become one of the most active organizations affiliated with the World Council of Churches. Following this celebration, CCA plans to hold an advisory meeting in Taiwan from August 22 to 25.
Students from Yushan Seminary performed some indigenous songs at the beginning of the service and a choir from Hakka Presbytery gave a song offering in Hakka language. Then, Rt. Rev. Duleep De Chickera, from the Anglican Church in Sri Lanka, delivered a sermon on the theme “God is calling us”. Following the message, CCA General Secretary Rev. Dr. Henriette Hutabarat Lebang gave a report on various ministries undertaken by the CCA in the past few years. There was a time for prayer in small groups for different regions in Asia and the needs of each region before the service ended with an indigenous dance presentation.
Pusin Tali said that CCA contributed a lot to the development of missions and theology in Taiwan in the past and various notable figures in the PCT have also been active in ministries sponsored by the CCA, including Rev. C.S. Song and the late Rev. Shoki Coe. For this reason, it is an honor for the PCT to host the CCA’s 55th anniversary thanksgiving service here in Taiwan.
Lin Ming-chu, a CCA delegate of the PCT, said that all CCA guests were delighted throughout their stay. She added that this gathering was a sharp contrast to previous meetings and conferences, which were more formal in nature, and as result, many delegates felt very much at home. For quite a number of CCA delegates, this was their first-ever visit to Taiwan.
Photo by Chen Wei-chien