November 2017

CBM Prayer letter Dec. 2017

(Summary from Luke 1)
Angel: Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus…
Mary: How can this be? I am still a virgin!!
Angel: The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you…
Mary: I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.

As I meditate on this familiar passage of the Christmas narrative, I realize that in our desire to make this a family friendly happy story, we often neglect the courage and obedience of Mary. God had called her to bear Jesus in a supernatural fashion, and the consequence is for her to face the scrutiny of many toward an unwed mother. What a difficult task it is for a teenage girl!

I believe God has also called CBM to a supernatural task. We have not operated as a mission sending organization or a church planting movement outside of the U.S., but we believe that God has called us to be part of a historic shift in Christendom — namely the rise of Chinese Christianity. While the vision is grand and noble, we are often like Mary, thinking from our limited human understanding - “how can this really be done.” We have neither the financial resources nor the human resources to meet the calling God has placed on our shoulders.

But what assurance it is to know that we do have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, and that the angel also gave Mary a preview of the miraculous provision through Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist as a testimony. I am so encouraged for some answered prayers this year that have encouraged our team as we move forward — here are some examples:

  1. The Wang family has smoothly transitioned from the Bay Area and relocated to Taipei (June 2017)
  2. Short term mission teams went to Taiwan and China (July/ Aug 2017)
  3. God has opened many doors for CBM to serve the Chinese house church leaders by teaching in seminaries and pastoral training events (over 15 weeks’ (?) total by Peter, Ann and Albert)
  4. Connected to the indigenous missionaries sent out from China and had the opportunity to minister to them (Nov 2017)
  5. Called Weyman Lee to be our volunteer office manager to fill a need for administrative support (March 2017)
  6. Called Pastor Albert Yip to join CBM as a missionary trainer and join in the ministry of equipping Chinese pastors (Nov. 2017)
  7. CBM hired its first Chinese local staff — Rocky. Rocky is a church planter and will coordinate future CBM short term mission trips and other potential church planting opportunities. (Nov. 2017)
  8. Hosting a display booth in Chinese Mission Conference (CMC West) (Dec. 26-30, 2017)
Although we are stepping into the unknown, we are reminded of God’s faithfulness and how the Holy Spirit’s work is already evident through answering our prayers for opportunities and staffing needs. We look forward to the expansion of God’s work in China through CBM, and invite you to join us in this adventure in various ways. Here are some of the particular projects you can engage in the ministry of CBM:
  1. Continue to volunteer and support our CBM summer youth camp in Northern California
  2. Join our upcoming short-term mission Exposure trip to Taiwan (Aug. 7-19) and China (June 29 —July 13 and July 13-27).
  3. Join our 50plus conference (Aug. 31 - Sept 3).
  4. Consider supporting our church planters and their effort in China (designate your support to “CM: church planting”)
  5. Consider supporting the training and seminary education of Chinese Pastors (CM: Education)
  6. Supporting our North American staff: Tim, Albert and Peter

As 2017 comes to an end, I would like to thank you for all your prayer and support to CBM, and invite you to engage in our ministry both in the Bay Area and globally. I will personally be in the Bay Area from December 22, 2017 to mid-January 2018 and would love to hear from you if there might be any questions or you want to know more about the ministry of CBM global!

Merry Christmas,
Rev. Dr. Peter Wang
Executive Director,
Chinese Bible Mission