SBC 2012 Executive Committee Report – KN testimony rehearsal
Dr. Page’s Exec Committee report
6/19, Tuesday, 9:25am (backstage 8:45am) ; 4 min + Q/A
Tonight was rehearsal run for giving a testimony at the SBC conference 2012 in New Orleans. I had the privilege of sharing the impact of the cooperative giving program on my life. Met new friends who will do the same. Great, inspiring stories. Feel free to read through the manuscript.
Greetings, to the Southern Baptist family!! My wife, Hannah, and I stand here today to express our forever gratitude of your continual sacrifices, through your ministries of compassion, and relentless prayers. My family— has been a recipient of the cooperative giving program. More than just helping us plant a church, the SBC family has contributed so much more, and I can only describe our gratitude with a story of ‘FAITH’.
It is the impact of FAITH which would eventually lead us to partner with others towards a 2nd generation Asian American church, in the one of the most densely populated regions of the US – LA. The 2010 US census has reported that Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group – surpassing that of the Hispanic population at 43.2% since 2000.
The word “FAITH”, to some of you, is probably understood in light of Hebrews 11, but for me… “Faith” has a FACE. It is the NAME of the family from this little town of Owensboro, KY during the Vietnam War. You see, Mr. and Mrs. Faith were challenged by their pastor in this rural area to GIVE, SACRIFICE their time, and FINANCES to adopt a family of 8 Vietnamese refugees after the Fall of Saigon. It was families like these, along with other SBC churches, who had NOTHING to do with the war — yet had everything to do with sharing the Gospel of Christ through their love to a foreign culture. My mother was one of those 8. Little did they realize, Mr. and Mrs. Faith were investing into a future generation of church planting.
It was because of the un-repayable acts of kindness that communicated God’s unconditional, redemptive love to my mother who spoke no English.
Later, it was because of the SBC ideology and missional joy of planting immigrant churches with my father in Dallas, TX to engage refugees. In turn, they loved and nurtured their children into believing in Gospel expansion. The SBC family, through their hospitality and kindness, helped this church bring salvation to this young man standing here today. And I AM a proud to be a VIETNAMESE-TEXAN (show pix) – I love both PHO and BBQ!
It was also the SBC family who inspired this young man to go to one of the finest institutions at Golden Gate Baptist seminary – where his father graduated before him. While in his first class – INTRO TO MISSIONS – his professor – Don Overstreet – one of the state’s church planting strategist pulled this young man aside to tell him he was “destined” to church planting…. “NO I WASN’T, This old man must be crazy. I’m going to drive my BMW and wear my Hawaiian shirt!” But this old man was wiser than me — I have been in the church planting context ever since.
And it was the SBC family who resourced this young man, through the North American Mission Board to plant a church in LA. And by some great miracle of God, they were able to give birth to another church plant this past June….
I never had the chance to meet Mr. and Mrs. Faith, only stories told by my mother. But, I know there are so many families out here today, across America – who are just like Mr. and Mrs. Faith, and you never heard your grand children say … “THANK YOU!”
Dr. Page, —- it was more than the actual dollar amounts that made an impact with my family on investing to church planting. The cooperative giving was only an outward expression of the personal lives like Mr. and Mrs. Faith, who saw a bigger vision than their immediate local church in Owensboro, KY.
Mr. President and the SBC family, it was people like Mr. and Mrs. Faith, along with our fine seminaries with nurturing mentors and professors, and mission agencies like NAMB who invested into the life of this young Vietnamese-Texan. And that has made ALL the difference in helping him see a bigger vision in reaching out to the fastest growing demographics in the US.
All we have is our forever, indebted gratitude. Thank you SBC family… Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Faith.
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