By God’s grace the East Coast Disciple and Coworker Training Camp was completed successfully in early March at the Christian Leadership Renewal Center (CLRC). Besides brothers and sisters from the neighboring states, many people drove seven to eight hours from New York and Alabama to the camp. They were much benefited from Pastor Chiang’s teaching on the holy living, commitment to Christ, responding to the calling of missions, and being prepared and equipped prior to return to their home countries. Pastor Chiang also prepared a 9-week training course for attendees to continuously reflect what they studied and make these learning their daily practice.
The thanksgiving service was held at the home of Elder Yeh in Wake Forest, NC, on the afternoon of November 5, 2016, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of CLRC and the recent completion of the new dormitory. The guests included two board members from Chicago and Pittsburgh, pastors/elders and leaders from six Chinese churches in North Carolina, and CLRC’s volunteers. Together, we commemorated the blessings that God had bestowed on the Center during the last ten years.
The program began with the hymn “Amazing Grace”. Through the reading of Psalm 127:1, we were reminded of the fact that whatever works we do would be in vain unless it is done in the will of God and by His grace. Furthermore, Php. 1:3-6 reminded us that we should be grateful to God because He has enabled pastors and coworkers to begin the good work by serving together in the ministry of leadership training and the gospel. We believe that He will also complete the good work.
Elder Yeh then showed a new video, an introduction to CLRC (also available to view at the CLRC website, www.clrcrenewal.org, under “About us”). It highlighted the natural beauty of the Center’s surrounding environment, the various facilities and the activities held during the last ten years, including a brief self-introduction by Elder Yeh. That was followed by his recounting how the vision for CLRC was conceived, the history of its building up from virtually nothing, its current ministries and Elder Yeh’s “dream” and long term vision for the future. (See below for the links to the power point presentation, anniversary presentation.ppt, and to its audio recording, anniversary audio.mp3).
After a short break with drinks and snacks served, the service continued with Elder Yeh’s remarks to thank the board members for their support and guidance and the volunteers for contributing their time and effort. He then made a formal proposal on the future operation of the Center which will require the collective effort of local churches/leaders, and the reasons behind this proposal. He asked for feedback to this proposal from all the churches by December 10. (See below for the links to the power point presentation and its audio recording of the proposal, proposal for CLRC future.ppt and proposal audio.mp3.) The two board members in attendance then encouraged all churches to take advantage of this platform to fully cooperate with each other in continuing the work of leadership training in order to fulfill God’s will in furthering His Kingdom. The service was concluded with prayer and blessing led by board member Pastor Paul Bucknell.
Following the service, drinks and delicious snacks were served so the guests can continue to greet and have fellowship with one another.
More than ten brothers and sisters from Chapel Hill spent a wonderful weekend from October 22nd to 23rd, 2016, at CLRC. We studied the book of Ephesians together, shared each other’s understanding of the truths in the book, our personal lives, feeding spiritually and encouraging one another. As everyone is so busy in the daily life, it was such a blessing to come to a quiet and scenic place to fellowship with each other, build a deeper relationship, spur one another’s love towards God. We felt the need to hold more of this kind of gathering in the future. Many thanks to Elder Yeh and brother Henry for their support, providing such wonderful place for us. May God remember their love and labor in Him, and use CLRC to bless even more brothers and sisters.
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RCCC Chinese Student Fellowship Retreat
The Chinese Student Fellowship at RCCC had a great retreat at CLRC during the Labor weekend. We appreciate Elder Yeh’s support, love and care for our young group. The topic of the retreat is Interpersonal Relationship, Bonding and Love. Through the messages of the speakers (Pastor Tran, Alex and Elder Yeh), we learned a lot of lessons about love and growing in the Lord. We also experienced the abundant grace of God through the various activities such as playing games, cooking, chatting and enjoying the beautiful sceneries. Not only did the young sisters and brothers gain a lot, but also did the seekers. Again, thanks a lot for the devotion and hard work of CLRC. May God continue to bless and use CLRC.
Maple Spring Chinese Christian Church Student Fellowship Retreat
A group of college students from NC Maple Spring Chinese Christian Church Student Fellowship at Winston Salem spent a meaningful weekend at CLRC Lake Gaston site from June 24 to June 26, 2016. It was our fourth Student Fellowship retreat. During the retreat, we worshiped the Lord, studied the Bible truths, and shared our faith and struggles together. We also went fishing, played Ping-Pang, enjoyed hot-pot, and shared the work of washing dishes, etc. Thank God who gave us such a wonderful opportunity to walk and grow together in the journey of following Christ.
CLRC’s Annual Leadership Training Retreat
CLRC leadership training seminar was held from 4/28-30/2016 with the topic, The Principles and Practice of a Healthy Growing Church ( 健康成長教会的原則和实践 ). The speakers were Elder Peter Liu (劉志雄長老) from New Jersey and Pastor Albert Lam (林祥源牧師) from San Diego, CA. Praise God for His many blessings during the leadership training seminar retreat: safety of every one; mild and dry weather (it rained cats and dogs on Thursday during the day, but no rain Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday); catered Chinese food for the first time; and the partial use of the new dorm (1st floor bedrooms for sisters and the kitchen for catered cooking), etc. Most of all, the inspiring messages of the speakers from two different perspectives but yet complimentary to each other on the same theme and practical in their applications. There were good discussions between speakers and attendees during the panel discussion and Q&A sessions. The survey results showed very positive response and great appreciation for the two speakers and their messages. One attendee commented, “此次 program對我及教會有很大的鼓勵和幫助。兩個講員兼具扎心的信息與 實際操作，有極大的幫助。I’m refreshed by the Lord’s message. Thank you
for this wonderful retreat.”
Video and Audio recordings of the seminars are available on CLRC’s website – Media Page
2016 Student Annual Leadership Training
Praise the Lord, SALT (Student Annual Leadership Training) 2016 organized by AFC campus minister, Chao-Yang Peng, was successfully held (April 2-3) at CLRC Lake Gaston site. It was led by a team of 5 speakers: Tom McCallie, Tom Henry, Jim Anthony, Jeff Gayle, Cam Janzen, and 2 counselors: Melody Shao and Li Zhu, with about 25 student leaders attending. They used the “Breakthrough leadership” materials which are specially designed for training Mainland Chinese students/scholars. Among the feedback forms received, seven of the attendees indicated their willingness to become AFC associate staff in campus ministry.