Few years ago, after watching a TV documentary, the horrific issue of human trafficking has suddenly got known to me: it is extra severe in India. Here was a shocking scene – a mid-age man was sexually molesting a little girl sitting on his lap. The narrator said, 'here, a girl is cheaper than a can of beer!'
Cheaper than a can of beer? How can it be possible to compare the value of a human being with a can of beer? And it is CHEAPER, totally unacceptable.
What is the Bible telling us? Isn't everyone on Earth, regardless of male or female, is created in the image of God and highly precious? Aren't we saved by Jesus Christ, who paid great ransom for us? All kinds of human trafficking activity are related to the evil power, which entirely destroy human dignity created by God. The victims are having no freedom, no human right, no justice, and living inhuman lives. However, we convict that Jesus is light; and the light enters into darkness, and saves all the captives. He sets them free and rescues them. (Continue reading)
Like Gideon asking God for confirmation, I too, was asking God whether it was the right time to start our Spiritual Formation Ministry in the San Francisco Bay Area. That happened on the night of April 6, 2017 while visiting Mimi Yeh in Taiwan. We just ended a conference call at 1:00am with the planning team and I was feeling discouraged because: First, we may need to buy a house in the Bay Area.
Second, we did not have sufficient reserve fund. Third, houses are so expensive in the Bay Area. How were we going to buy a house? God, are you sure that this is the right time? If so, you have to show me and make known to us you are with us! ... (Continue reading)
Over 20 years ago, we began to research on women’s contributions to the faith journey of God’s people in the Bible, as documented in “A Passion for Fullness” (1997) and in “Jesus’ Ancestress” (2012). As we celebrate FiCF’s 15th Anniversary (2016), we are launching another project “Wonder Women Who Made History in Chinese Missions” to document women’s contributions to the faith journey of God’s people in the Chinese church.
The first three women we have chosen to launch this project are: Gladys Aylward—the British single housemaid who travelled to China to preach the Gospel, and was used by God to also enforce the national law of unbinding young girls’ feet, and to save hundreds of orphans from life threats of Japanese invasion; Donaldina Cameron—the angry angel who gave up twice the potential for marriage to battle with forces of darkness, and delivered thousands of young girls from slave trade in San Francisco Chinatown; and Dora Yu—the Chinese doctor who broke her engagement to serve God whole-heartedly, and became a dynamic preacher, who touched the hearts of many to dedicate their lives to serve God, including the renown Watchman Nee, founder of Local Church that forbids woman to preach and lead in the church even to this day! (Continue reading)
By Vicky Chia (FiCF Treasurer, FiCF Board)
2016 was indeed a year full of heavenly blessings and uplifting surprises. The total donation income was $496,833 and the total expenses was $447,891. The breakdowns of specific ministries are shown on the pie charts here.
These loving offerings have enabled our work to make a big difference in the lives of many:
in Cambodia, 84 girls are being served, along with the 25 local Cambodian staff plus 2 missionaries from the United States. God has also blessed us to purchase a small piece of land adjacent to our Pleroma School for Girls so the students can have more space to learn & play.
In the United States, women ministers and women leaders have been encouraged to step up to use their God-given gifts to serve others.
In Hong Kong, more Christians have been made aware of the problem of sex & human trafficking issues.
We are grateful to God for His leadership and blessings, and thankful for your partnership with us. Our budget for 2017 is $589,000.
By Chandra Chap, MSW, Project Director
Approved by Debbie Choy, Field Director
Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. …abides in Me, and … bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” - John 15:5
What is the meaning of life? Many people, young and old, might ask this important question. Most of the young girls who arrived at the Pleroma Home for Girls wanted, several months later, to understand more about their life. Most of these girls’ lives were damaged and painful. They asked questions like, “Why was I born?” “My life has no meaning and purpose; is there anything for me here?” “Who cares for me?” Most girls came from very complicated family backgrounds. They are so young and have experienced such terrible violence, severe neglect, and rejection. Most biological fathers were unavailable emotionally while they were growing up. They felt so lonely, unloved, unwanted, insignificant and rejected. Most of these young ladies’ fathers did not demonstrate affection, value them, or spend quality time with them.
Singing in the PSG Dedication Ceremony
“Hallelu, halle, hallelujah, hallelu, halle, hallelujah…” – With 150 people joining our voices in singing praise to God, who guided and provided this school for girls in Cambodia, the dedication ceremony of the Pleroma School for Girls started at 8:30am on March 8, 2016.
March 8 is a special and significant date for us. In 2010, Debbie, our missionary, left the San Francisco Bay Area for Cambodia. In 2011, the Pleroma Home for Girls (PHG) was dedicated to God and started its operation. Now in 2016, the Pleroma School for Girls (PSG) is dedicated to God. We are all amazed at the great love of God for the girls here.
|Music/lyric by: Margie Fong
Created in the Holy image of God
Saved and assured by the love of Christ
I’m given the joy to live in His fullness
Becoming a precious child of God
Full of Grace and Truth
Jesus in my heart
Full of Grace and Truth
Now I live to shine for Christ!
Dear supporters of Pleroma Missions in Cambodia:
“In the beginning was the Word … The Word became flesh and dwell among us … full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) “Word”, is such an abstract concept and so difficult to fathom! Yet, the Word was concretized by Jesus became flesh and “pitched a tent” among us -gloriously full of grace and truth! This is indeed the core meaning of Christmas! The hope and comfort brought by the birth of our savior is indeed the true light that shines into this increasingly brutal and evil generation! ( Continue to read)
By Susanna Fan
I have been praying for opportunities to be involved in FiCF ministries. As a building inspector with an architectural background, my work is in one form of construction or another. So when Pleroma School for Girls broke ground for construction, I asked God to give me a shovel and put me to work. Instead God moved Cecilia (FiCF Board Chair) to ask me to be the photographer of this calendar. Little did she know that I had often dreamed about working as a photographer for the National Geographic!
The identity of male and female is clearly taught in the Bible. Both were made in the image of God as beloved sons and daughters of the Lord of the universe. No human customs which are often tainted by sins can change that. However, time and cultural changes do affect the gender roles and the scripts need to be revised and readjusted.
How do Christian women of the 21st century read the scripts and carry themselves at home, in the market place and at church in a way that is pleasing to the Lord?
What was God’s original intent when He created family? How do we build up a healthy family in which man and woman genuinely love and submit to each other?
Many destructive forces have done much harm to the family, such as co-habitation, infidelity & adultery, divorce, homosexuality, pornography and domestic violence. How do we deal with these and the daily stress and tensions from work?
How do female leaders look like? Are they any different from male leaders? Women leadership is well accepted in the society at large but not in the church. What are the rationale behind such thinking ? What does the Bible really teach about women preaching, teaching and leading? Is ordination for men only? How do female pastors work alongside male colleagues?
Slavery may seem to be a thing of the past, in reality, sexual slavery has become a worse social problem in the 21st century. Millions of people have been victimized by human trafficking and 80% of the victims are women and under-age girls. Can you be a part of the solution? The pop culture has brought about a lot of confusion in the areas of sexual identity and ethics, how should Christians respond?
Fullness in Christ Fellowship (FiCF) provides a platform to discuss issues that are relevant to women in this day and age who want to live a worthwhile life. We also have support groups for woman ministers, and ministries in Cambodia to help the victims of human trafficking. Contact us.
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