Words from President (July 2023)
Dear Presence supporters,
Presence is turning 20! Thank you for your support and friendship throughout the years!
We cordially invite you to attend our Thanksgiving luncheon on Saturday, 9/9, at Almansor Court, Alhambra, to celebrate God’s blessing and guidance toward us over the past 20 years. We will also host a Chinese Family Mental Health Awareness event that same afternoon; through a speaker panel and various exhibitions, we aim to raise awareness about mental health and soul care in the new normal (please see the attached flyer for details).
We will continue to develop ministries focusing on three-generation families and cultures and strive to come alongside second-generation ministers. We hope to continue serving the church and the community through different activities in the direction of “Heart to Heart” – connecting people and God with wisdom. Some ministry highlights for this year have been:
- The second Scripture Creative Expression Contest is currently underway. Brothers and sisters are encouraged to love God with wisdom by creatively expressing the words of the Bible through music, art, crafts, and other media to witness God’s power in transforming lives. Entries will be collected until the end of July.
- In February, we hosted two successful “Healthy Dialogue” youth ministry workers training sessions. Ministry workers from different places in the United States and Germany attended and gave high reviews. One of the youth pastors said, “The class provided a safe space for discussion and sharing difficulties!” In May, I taught young people in Detroit how to understand the different cultures of the two generations and how to communicate with their parents. We received enthusiastic feedback from the event. The participants thanked us for our efforts and stated that the “Healthy Dialogue” training is closely related to their lives and very useful!
- We give thanks for the many churches and organizations that have recognized Presence’s professional training, especially the teaching from “Relationship Cultivation Among Three Generations in Chinese Families,” which combines biblical and everyday life wisdom. In the first half of the year, we led retreats and conferences for two Baptist churches, an Alliance church, and Chinese Family for Christ USA. We also worked with Kairos Communication Service International, Family Keepers, and Love and Conflict Peacemaking Ministries. In the second half of 2023, I will participate in activities hosted by LOGOS Evangelical Seminary, GETS Theological Seminary, Chicago Chinese Christian Missions, and Chinese Strategy Alliance as a guest speaker. Trainings will also be offered in Hong Kong and Shanghai in mid-October.
Due to our ministry expansion, we hired two new part-time staff members in administration and youth ministry. The deficit as of June was ($78,300). Please pray for us, and we hope you will also donate generously to support Presence’s cultural missions. If God has moved you, please send a check (payable to PRESENCE) and mail it to 20651 Golden Springs Dr., #104, Walnut, CA 91789, or support us through Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!
May the Lord bless you and your family!
Presence Founder and CEO
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