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Summer goes and autumn comes, and the seasons change alternately, which makes me feel sad; the blue sky becomes gloomy, and the rain falls round and round, reminding us that this is the "wet coast" (the wet and rainy West Bank); in this season of gratitude, I cherish the memory of my years in the Truth Church, and I am full of thanks to God!
Family portrait in 1990
In 1990, exactly 30 years ago, Pastor Chen Zhongdao invited me to attend the first Sunday worship service at the Truth Church. So our family started every Sunday, from Abbotsford to the Truth Church, every one way. It is 71 kilometers long. It is not an easy decision for us to bring our 14-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, but we deeply feel God’s leadership and are willing to work with the pastor and a group of brothers and sisters who commit ourselves. Come and stick to the truth of the gospel.
It turned out that I got far more than I wanted and asked for. On June 2, 1991, I was worshiping in the former Fireside Room. I heard God's call to serve Him full time. Yes, God can call me on other occasions, but He chose to be in this place, which is of special significance to me, because in the 10 years before I was called, I have been studying Pastor Chen’s teachings and made me what I am today. The pastors of the People's Republic of China focus on studying the scriptures, rigorously preparing sermons, and preaching the word of God uncompromisingly.
Under the miraculous leadership, I went to another church to start the theological internship. After that, God prepared an opportunity for me to serve in a Western church. Later, He led me south to serve at the CITIC Center in the United States. At that time, I didn't understand what God was doing, and even my departure made Pastor Chen uneasy.
But through the service of the Western Church and the experience of participating in missionary work, God drove me out of my comfort zone.
Successfully compiled a "holistic growth" and a 5-year devotional plan to help believers get close to God in prayer and Bible reading.
I feel honored to have returned to the Church of Truth after 24 years of parting and serve under this special situation.
Although the body is still sick and unwell; as the apostle Paul told Philemon about Onesimus leaving him,
"He left you temporarily, or told you to have him forever, ... now it is good for you and me."
Although I will retire at the end of the year, I often pray for the Truth Church and continue to support "whole person growth" for the church.
The ministry is grateful. May God use the Church of Truth to become a golden lampstand, to shine and shine in this dark age,
Waiting for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Translated by Liang Chen Ruiyou)
Pastor Mingbin Chen
In 1990, he was one of the first members of the Church of Truth
2016-2019 Senior Pastor of the Church of Truth
This article was written at the 30th anniversary of the Church of Truth
2020 family portrait