Over forty years ago within His overall sovereign plan, God initiated significant and surprising changes in geopolitical realities that eventually made open various opportunities here in Richmond for many young Chinese professionals, college students and post-doctorate scholars. Concurrently, God was preparing two individuals to harvest from that future crop even before they lived near the harvest field. Some thirty years ago, God was bringing sight of that harvest field to His two prepared servants. About twenty years ago, the two called to harvest ventured into the field that God had prepared for them in the form of Bible studies with Chinese scholars on the campus of VCU. About seventeen years ago, those endeavors in obedience to God’s call became the full-time Chinese ministry that has heartened this fellowship with professions of faith from those who had previously been “…separate from Christ…without hope and without God…” to the praise of His Glorious Name!
Geoff and Eunice Chan’s passion to reach their Chinese brethren has been readily evident to Barb and I for almost as long as we have known them. I recall a dinner together beside the Swift Creek Reservoir when Geoff became even more sober-minded than the typically sober-minded Geoff, and he asked for our prayers regarding his taking early retirement in order that he and Eunice could more fully engage in this unique harvest field. His zeal was to make Christ known to those who knew Him not. His concern was the limited time he had to make disciples of individual scholars before they returned home to China.
Beyond our friendship, Barb and I have been privileged to serve under the ministry God had given Geoff and Eunice. We have been privileged with multiple opportunities to talk with Chinese scholars about our Lord Jesus and witness His Spirit quickening some otherwise hardened hearts. We have watched God bless his committed servants with an unexpected harvest in our local field. As Paul prays “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!”
This Sunday we will be singing a song familiar to our Chinese brothers & sisters in Mandarin and in English.
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
A Call to Holiness
1 Peter 1:13-21
Rev. Kevin May
for Past Geoffrey Chan
Teens 13+ what are you doing this summer? Would you like to be part of a team reaching children for Christ? Come to Jump Start – fun & introductory gathering on Saturday, February 24 from 11 AM – 2 PM in the Annex. Reaching children with the Gospel during the month of July, serving with other students who want to make a difference, growing in your faith = A DYNAMIC SUMMER. Questions & RSVP – call Amy Haines 804.690.8763.
IBC SECURITY TEAM has a immediate need to increase their number of members to provide surveillance over our church family and facility during scheduled services and meetings.To provide the sufficient coverage needed, a team of 15 individuals would be ideal. From this number the Team could provide increased coverage especially during Sunday and Wednesday evening services and special events. Also with a larger Security Team, an individual may only need to serve once or twice a month. Gentlemen, please consider helping out. Please contact Travis Cox, the team’s coordinator.
Travis Cox, firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-562-8837
EVERGREENS meet this Tuesday, February 20 at 12 PM in the Fellowship Hall. The program will be on Adult Safety provided by John Larsen (Henrico fireman) and Jon Lowery (Henrico Policeman) Music by Wayne Raborn. It’s covered dish so please bring your favorite meat, vegetable, and/or dessert and $2 per person to help cover expenses.
Easter Flowers: We will have mums and hydrangeas available if you would like to order one in memory or honor of someone for Easter Sunday. Cost is $11.75 for mums and $18 for hydrangeas. Make checks out to IBC and drop them by the office or mail to the church. Deadline is March 5th. Click here to order.
Save the Date for VBS: July 30 – August 3, 9 AM to 12 PM
There will be a retirement service, reception and offering for Pastor Geoffrey Chan on Sunday, February 18 at 6:30 PM. The service will begin in the sanctuary and end with the reception in the Fellowship Hall.
Feb. 25 – Business Meeting
March 16-17 – Church Wide Cleaning Day
March 18 – Membership Class
– Gilliam Report, Reception & Offering