Asian Congregational Support
Asian Congregational Support (part of the Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries/Presbyterian Women program area) works with the Asian constituencies to assist with issues related to Asian American ministries, to develop resources for leadership development, to help in new church development projects, to consult with issues in church redevelopment, to facilitate leadership training conferences and to provide staff service to the Southeast Asian Advisory Committee. The office also cooperates with other General Assembly program areas, offices and middle governing bodies.
The Advisory Committee on Southeast Asian Ministries was established in late 1988 and had its first meeting in 1989. Since that time many churches have been developed as well as many Southeast Asian congregational organizations.
The purpose of the Committee is to assist the General Assembly to develop denominational strategies to help governing bodies and appropriate committees in relating to the Southeast Asian groups.
Racial Ethnic & New Immigrant Initiative
Imagine wanting to deepen your faith and finding the door locked. Now imagine you are the key that people need.
Won't you open the door for others? Learn how you can help racial ethnic and new immigrant worshiping communities experience the joy and love of Jesus Christ.
Synod/Presbytery News: New Charter
First Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, a part of Seattle Presbytery, was chartered April 14. The church started as a weekly Bible study in 2002 and began a partnership with Mercer Island Presbyterian Church in 2003.
“We are looking forward to doing future ministries with MIPC for the Kingdom of God,” said Commissioned Ruling Elder Roger Wu. For more details are new worshiping communities, click here.
Growing multicultural congregation reaches out to the homeless in Las Vegas
by Kimberly Burge
God’s declaration in the book of Isaiah to call God’s house “a house of prayer for all nations” is a charge First Thai-Laotian Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas, Nev., takes to heart as they build a multicultural ministry. But little did church members know that they would welcome into their house of prayer people from a “nation” forgotten in this country: men living on the Las Vegas streets and sometimes in the bushes behind the church.
When the church organized in 2002 it consisted of four families meeting in one another’s homes for prayer groups. Now on any given Sunday those attending the afternoon Bible study, dinner and worship service might include people from a dozen different ethnic groups. Rev. Prachuab Dechawan leads the growing congregation, which numbers 60 members. He has been shepherding the growth of Thai Presbyterian churches in the United States since the early 1970s, when he helped to establish the first congregation, Thai Community Church in Hollywood, Calif. Other churches formed in Fort Worth, Chicago, New York, and San Jose.
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