|PHOTOS: Courtesy of New life church|
Contrary to the world, 2009 proved a fruitful year of harvest and growth for CHC’s affiliate churches in Southeast Asia. They share their vision for an even better 2010.
Kolar Gold Fields, Bangalore (India)
Frank Godberg pastors this church together with his wife Gladys and their two children. Bethel has community outreaches that include orphanages and schools. The church’s weekly attendance numbers around 2,100 people.
2010 Resolution: To increase from three to five services on Sunday. To grow by another 1,000 members.
David Ngu helms this congregation of 250 members in Malaysia. This church started in 2001 with 20 people, and at Christmas 2009, saw 700 in attendance. It also has a vibrant campus ministry.
2010 Resolution: To find a piece of land for the church, to invest more time into community work, to increase every member’s prayer level.
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
In 2001, Kevin Loo graduated from School of Theology and founded CHCKL. With his wife, Esther, Loo pastors one of the fastest growing churches in Malaysia with an active humanitarian arm. The church has a weekly average of 1,498 people.
2010 Resolution: To move into their new church building and grow to an average weekly attendance of 2,000.
Established in 2001, this church, pastored by George Tiong, has a strong reputation for its children’s and youth programs, as well as community service. It has an average attendance of 688.
2010 Resolution: To grow the church by 30 percent and to reach a membership of 900.
Pastored by Saras Bany, this church is known for its dynamic worship, relevant messages as well as its college outreaches. It has an average attendance of 205, but saw 405 attendees at its Christmas 2009 services.
2010 Resolution: To develop into a strong praying church, and to experience breakthrough growth.
Joshua Tan and Caleb Tan pastor this exciting young church of 90 people. At Christmas 2009, Da Di had an attendance of 216 people.
2010 Resolution: To rent a larger auditorium to hold their weekly services and to grow the church in quality and quantity.
Franklin Lumoindong stepped in to lead this church when its founder Silas Juana died in an accident in 2007. With CHC’s help, the church has grown from 1,350 to nearly 2,500 last year.
2010 Resolution: To strengthen and expand its youth ministry with a new program, Y-POD, and to grow the church membership by 20 percent.
Semuel Bolang started this church with fewer than 100 members. Last Christmas, it saw a record 1,350 people in attendance.
2010 Resolution: To experience greater spiritual growth and prosperity among its members.
Daniel Martono’s church has a weekly attendance of 400 people but they more than quadrupled this number in their Christmas 2009 services, with more than 1,900 people.
2010 Resolution: To increase in influence, abundance and favor, and grow the church to 850 people every week.
Garrick Li started his church in 2006 with seven people, which now has an average weekly attendance of 60. Christmas 2009 saw a total of 345 people with 200 decisions for Christ.
2010 Resolution: To establish the children’s church and community service. To grow to a weekly attendance of 100.
This group of churches under George Ong is corporately known as Harvest School of Ministries and have a combined weekly congregation of 2050.
2010 Resolution: To prioritize relationships over personal ambitions and gains so that there will be strength to enlarge the ministry. To become a role model for Chinese churches. To grow to 2,800 members altogether this year.
Tan Seow How and his wife, Cecilia, head this very youthful and vibrant congregation in Singapore. Most of its members are under the age of 25. The church was started in 1996 with five people, but now numbers 1,400 congregants every weekend.
2010 Resolution: To grow to a 2,500-strong membership, experience a greater move of the Holy Spirit, and to strengthen its men’s ministry, Men United.
Hsin Tien (Taiwan)
Wayne Chang took over the youth ministry of the church in 2004 with 160 members. Today this ministry has over 640, and has a reputation for helping underprivileged youth restore their purpose in life.
2010 Resolution: To grow the church to 800 members, integrate 120 youth, increase by 10 youth groups and 15 campus cell groups, and build a 2,500-seater hall.
Upon his return from School of Theology, Johnny Seragih set up a church in Medan. The church also runs a rehabilitation center and childcare services. The church has a weekly attendance of 750, but doubled their numbers at Christmas 2009 with 1,668 people!
2010 Resolution: To strengthen the leadership and to focus on building in their new church.
Abraham Ku helms this contemporary church in downtown Taipei which has grown to become one of the Christian hotspots for celebrities. Known for their vibrant youth culture, the church holds highly successful outreach activities. Their weekly attendance is 2,500, but last Christmas, the church hit an attendance of 17,765.
2010 Resolution: To have greater church growth. To expand its influence in society.
Ge Zhao Xing heads this church which was birthed in 2004 with 20 members. The church now has a membership of 340. Its Christmas 2009 outreaches drew over 7,000 people to the church.
2010 Resolution: Disciple members into greater spiritual maturity.
The church has a vibrant youth ministry and encourages every single member to be involved in ministry. Dave Thong started it with 15 people, and it numbers 130 today.
2010 Resolution: To grow to 200 members weekly.
This church was birthed in 2004 with 40 people under the leadership of Yan Guang Ming. Their average weekly attendance stands at 130.
2010 Resolution: To grow to 200 attendees weekly, raise up 20 cell group leaders and to meet their building fund target of NT$3 million.
Sim Chee Teck pastors this church that was started in 2001. The church is best known for their ministry to families and youth-at-risk. They have an average weekly attendance of 70 people, and hit a record 242 people last Christmas.
2010 Resolution: To make this a year of commitment to Christ, church, Christians, continuous learning and community. To grow to 200 members.
John Lee pastors this church with 175 weekly attendees. The church serves Asian communities in Sydney.
2010 Resolution: To grow the church to 400 members, start a new Sunday school, reach out to Indonesian students and families through its Indonesian services, and engage the youth through a Saturday service.
Robyn Wang is the senior pastor of this church, which has an average weekly attendance of 251 people. Christmas 2009 saw an attendance of 766 people.
2010 Resolution: To build a strong “caring system” for outreach efforts. To see members strengthened in their walk with God.