“The gospel . . . is the power of God that brings salvation.” Romans 1:16
CBM North America
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9.
Junior High camp 2016
As CBM makes its pivotal change to reaching the lost in Asia, there are some concerns about our existing work in Northern California. I want to reassure you that the work here is progressing steadfastly which enables us to expand into Asia. In fact, we’re taking CBM to a region where its founder and my father, Pastor Sen Wong, once dreamt of. Dad desired to minister to his countrymen in China upon his graduation from Multnomah Bible College, but the political unrest in the ’50’s prevented him from returning to China. God’s divine sovereignty directed my parents to move from Portland, OR, to Oakland, CA, to start their first church plant to reach the American-Born Chinese. Since then, they planted seven churches and established auxiliary ministries to support the growing needs. Now, 60 years later, God is directing CBM to expand its ministry to Asia. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa. 55:9
I joined CBM to support my father’s work in 1999 and became the general director when he retired in 2007. About two years ago, I felt God’s leading to take CBM to the next level and knew that I was not the one to do so. I began the search for my replacement and asked Pastor Peter Wang to consider the role. Peter, serving as a CBM board member at the time, kindly declined the offer because he thought the next director should come within the “legacy churches” (churches planted by CBM). Unbeknownst to all of us, God was already at work to preparing the way, i.e. giving Peter various opportunities to travel to Asia with Pastor Alan Ginn of Leadership Resources International to train local pastors and with Dr. David Eckman of Becoming What God Intended Ministries to minister to local leaders, etc. Like Jonathan and David, I gladly relinquish my role at the helm to support God’s work through Peter’s leadership. My current role is make sure everything runs well here in CBM’s North America headquarters so that Peter and our newly established Short Term Missions Teams can do their jobs seamlessly overseas. I’ll continue to manage CBM’s auxiliary ministries such as the camps and conferences, establish strong partnerships with our legacy churches, and develop new partnership with others.
Thank you for your faithful prayer and financial support for CBM in general, and for my family specifically. My personal goal is to raise another 50% pledge towards my support by the end of June. I’m available to come share at fellowship groups (preferably college age and up), mission conferences, and Sundays. Please contact me if would like to receive more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.