Chinese Delegation Visits Canada to Build and Strengthen Relationships for Future Ministry
Friday, August 21, 2015
TORONTO – A delegation from Shanghai Christian Council (SCC) / Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) visited Canada from August 12 – 18, 2015. The visit by five Chinese dignitaries touched on Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, including a visit to the national support office of the Canadian Bible Society at 10 Carnforth Road in Toronto.
The SCC is the local governing body that recognizes approved Christian churches and ministries in the region of Shanghai, while TSPM is one of China’s largest Protestant denominations. Together, SCC/TSPM forms a key Bible ministry partner for the United Bible Societies in the Chinese Bible mission.
The delegates included three men and two women: Xie Bingguo (Chairman, SCC and President, East China Theological Seminary), Wang Jianhua (Vice Provost, East China Theological Seminary), Huang Cheng (Pastor, Shanghai Committee of TSPM and Christian Council), Chen Yili (female, Pastor, Shanghai Committee of TSPM and Christian Council), and Quan Shaohua (female, Secretary, Shanghai Committee of TSPM and Christian Council).
“We are hopeful that one result of this visit will be strengthening of the relationship with the SCC/TSPM,” says Canadian Bible Society National Director, Interim, Don Hutchinson. “Given widely publicized reports about challenges faced by the Church in China, this is an opportunity to introduce our Christian brothers and sisters to the Church here in Canada.
“Shanghai is the largest city in the world. Its population is roughly ten times the size of Toronto. The SCC has a positive reputation for being a council that permits a range of Christian Church expression that would align more closely with the range we would find in Canada, than is found in some other Chinese provinces.”
In addition to their time at the Canadian Bible Society, the delegation met with representatives from Tyndale University College and Seminary, which has a Chinese Ministry Program and Canadian Chinese School of Theology. The delegates also experienced tours of Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in addition to a variety of church visits.
The trip is being hosted by the Canadian Bible Society at the request of the United Bible Societies, the international organization of Bible societies around the world.
The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) is a founding Bible society for the Amity Press in Nanjing, China. CBS exists to promote and encourage, without doctrinal note or comment, the translation, publication, distribution and use of the Scriptures throughout Canada and Bermuda, and to co-operate with the United Bible Societies in its worldwide work.
Photo from left to right: Wang Jianhua – Vice Provost, East China Theological Seminary, Don Hutchinson, National Director, Interim, Xie Bingguo – Chairman, Shanghai Christian Council; President, East China Theological Seminary, Huang Cheng – Pastor, Shanghai Committee of Three-self Patriotic Movement and Christian Council, Chen Yili – Pastor, Shanghai Committee of Three-self Patriotic Movement and Christian Council, Quan Shaohua – Secretary, Shanghai Committee of Three-self Patriotic Movement and Christian Council.
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