Chilliwack Chinese Alliance Church praises God for His faithfulness in the past year since we have had our own church building. We saw spiritual growth among believers and unity among the leadership team. We thank God for the thirty-plus international students who consistently attending our ALPHA Program and Sunday service.
Christ our Savior! 13 students gave their lives to Jesus during an evangelistic meeting on April 1st. They realized that they needed Jesus to lead them out from their messy lifestyles of conflict with their host parents due to differing cultures, struggling with their schoolwork, addiction to smartphones, and other bad habits.
10 international students were baptized in the last few months. One of the students shared that God led him out of depression after he gave his life to Jesus and is now a transformed person who is filled with peace and joy. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! “(2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV). The principal of Highroad Academy Christian School and Assistant Principal of Unity Christian School attended the Baptismal service and they were amazed and encouraged by the student’s testimonies.
Christ our Sanctifier! Another rebellious student is now living a sanctified life. To our surprise, he even initiated a car wash event to raise funds for our new vinyl flooring in the church basement on June 4th at Canadian Tire in Chilliwack.
Christ our Healer! A sixty year-old woman was almost dead from terminal lung cancer a few months ago, and after she was anointed with oil and prayed for healing, is completely healed by Christ. Glory to the almighty God!
When things seemed to be going smoothly, trial came unexpectedly! On April 10th, when we arrived at church for Sunday worship, we were shocked to find the church building was broken into and discovered many things were stolen: projectors, television sets, microphones, amplifiers, audio-mixers, etc. After lodging a police report, we started our Sunday service in the midst of a chaotic situation. God gave the entire congregation a sense of peace in spite of the unfortunate incident. “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37)
Christ moves us to have compassion towards the brokenness of marginalized groups in Chilliwack. Therefore, about thirty churches of different denomination and Christian organizations within one square kilometer of downtown are reaching out to them, providing meals, shelters, counselling, and more. We want them to know God loves them and there is hope and acceptance in Christ. We pray that one day their lives will be transformed by Jesus Christ and His Gospel.