The Most Rev. Robert Duncan
Bishop, the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh
Archbishop Emeritus, Anglican Church in North America
Few efforts are more timely than that of the Asian Mission in Canada. Facilitating the founding and growth of congregations that gather Asian people across Canada, while deepening their Biblical world-view and their heart for world-wide outreach, is as true Great Commission enterprise. I support his work enthusiastically.
The Right Rev. Donald F. Harvey
Episcopal Vicar and Founding Diocesan Bishop (retired), Anglican Network in Canada
When the Reverend Stephen Leung was elected Bishop with special ministry for Asian Congregations in North America a few months ago, I was delighted and quite certain that he would make inroads into this vital area of ministry. However, for all my optimism, I could not conceive that he would come up with this concept of Asian Mission in Canada in such a short time.
This project requires a vision that only can come when a person is in close contact with Almighty God and has a deep love for his people. Bishop-elect Stephen, with Nona at his side, is responding to God’s call to them in a very real manner and we at ANiC pledge our full and prayerful support to them.
The Rev. Warren Lai
Senior Pastor, Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, Scarborough, ON
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral and Chinese Ministry & Director of Hudson Taylor Centre for Chinese Ministries, Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, ON
It is with excitement, admiration, hope, and prayers that I receive the news of the Asian Mission in Canada. Although Asian churches in Canada seem to be growing in the past
decades, the respective percentages among these populations have at best barely stayed level, or even declined slightly. Growth potential, responsibility, as well as challenges, remain high. Local churches do need help in training and partnership to fulfil the mission. The Asian-Canadian Church Research Centre will have the important challenge of mapping out the issues, strategies and directions for the Church.
The Hudson Taylor Centre of the Tyndale University College & Seminary looks forward to partnering with the Asian Mission in Canada and the Asian-Canadian Church Research Centre to the Glory of God.
The Right Rev. Charles F. Masters
Diocesan Bishop, Anglican Network in Canada
As I consider the vision that the Lord has given Bishop Stephen Leung for the formation and building of the Asian Mission in Canada, I am thrilled because it reminds me of how Jesus, moved by compassion for the crowds of people before him, said: “Pray earnestly the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest.” (Matthew 9:38) Motivated by Jesus’ heart for people and built for long-term ministry, this vision, I believe, is worthy of our support.
Ms. Ruth Chan
Writer, Speaker, Spiritual Director,
Retreat and Inner-healing groups Facilitator
I fully support the vision of the Asian Mission in Canada. For years, studies and researches on the Asian Christian community in Canada are done only sporadically and randomly. The time is ripe to focus on and develop the threefold purpose of such a Mission, which will facilitate understanding, integration, growth and nurture to the generations following.
The Rev. Canon Dr. James I. Packer
Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology Regent College, Vancouver, BC
Honorary Assistant Minister, St. John’s Vancouver Anglican Church, Vancouver, BC
The Asian Mission in Canada is a venture that seeks to fulfill a vision of partnership and integration among immigrants from across the Pacific. It is a project that merits support from all who hope to see God’s Kingdom advance in this country.
The Right Rev. Dr. Trevor Walters
Bishop, Anglican Network in Canada
Stephen, you have my unwavering support as you accurately discern a vast mission field ripe to harvest. May you know the blessing of God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. You have both macro and micro aptitude and ability and I know the Lord will bring many into the kingdom through this ambitious and yet anointed plan.
The Rev. Dr. Michael Pountney
Former Principal of Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, ON
This vision for the Asian Mission in Canada catches both the significance of Asian Churches in Canada and the potential growth for them, as well as the contributions that the Asian Church is presently making and will continue to make to the wider church body in this land.
Dr. Stephen Lee
President, China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong
When Barnabas and Paul separated, the church in Antioch decided to sponsor not one but two mission endeavors, taking the gospel beyond Asia Minor into Macedonia. May we today, at the launch of Asian Mission in Canada, share this Antiochene legacy of generous wisdom, and dare to seek a double portion of His Spirit, as our churches continue to meet the influx of immigrants into “our home and native land.”
The Right Rev. Ronald Ferris
Assisting Bishop, Anglican Network in Canada
The Asian Mission in Canada proposal as envisaged by Bishop Stephen offers exciting prospects for the advancement of the gospel in Canada and beyond. The non-Asian churches also have much to learn from the vigour and commitment of Canada’s Asian Churches. The development of Asian Christian leaders at this unique moment in history will leave a lasting and irreplaceable legacy for future generations of believers.
The Rev. Dr. James Leung
Director, ABS Centre of Canada
Bishop Stephen Leung always keeps the vision of the Asian-Canadian Mission deep down in his heart. He sets his mind to build from the foundation up: the Asian -Canadian Church Research Centre, a mission from generation to generation. It is said, without research, there is no message to give. Looking upon the mission field from this foundation: a promising future!
The Right Rev. Charles Dorrington
Bishop, the Diocese of Western Canada and Alaska of the Reformed Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in North America
It is with great pleasure that I write to you to encourage you in the upcoming ministry of the Asian Mission in Canada of ANiC. While, at first glance, this may appear to be a daunting task, yet I am sure that the hand of the Lord will be with you each step of the way. Being the Missionary Bishop to Cuba for the REC, and working with the wonderful people of that Country, I can assure you of the Lord’s future blessings and favour with the Asian people of Canada. Be strong and of good courage, for the Lord your God will be with you.
In the powerful name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The Rev. Wayne Lo
Executive Director, Christian Social Concern
Fellowship, Vancouver, BC
That Canada needs immigrants to sustain its development while society has become more and more secularized are undeniable facts. How to evangelize and pastor Asian immigrants is a matter of great urgency. I thank God for Bishop Leung that he has the burden in meeting the challenge through the ministry of Asian Mission in Canada.
The Right Rev. Silas Ng
Missionary Bishop, the Anglican Mission in Americas
I am so thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ of Bishop Stephen’s plan for The Asian Mission in Canada. As the Bishop of Asian Initiative of Anglican Mission in the Americas I applaud this Kingdom plan to facilitate the development and growth of Asian Christian churches in Canada.
The Rev. Dr. Benedict Hung-Biu Kwok
James M. Cheung Associate Professor of Theology & Head of Theology Department & Director of Graduate Studies, Alliance Bible Seminary, Hong Kong
The vision for an Asian Mission in the Anglican Network in Canada is not only important for the building up of Asian Church identity in Canada, but also important for the preparation of the next generation Asian communities in the post-Christian West to be faithful Churches for mission through pastoral, ecclesiological and social researches.
The Rev. Dr. Jason Yeung
Principal of Chinese Studies, Ambrose University College, AB
Former Professor of Theological Studies & Director of Chinese Culture Research Center, China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong
I am excited to know that the ASIAN MISSION IN CANADA is being launched by the Anglican Network in Canada. In an immigrant country like Canada, it is indeed a significant ministry for all churches. This trans-denomination vision will certainly enrich the ecclesiology of both ethnic and Caucasian churches. I personally support this ministry and look forward to seeing its growth and service in the communities.
Dr. James M. Houston
Founding Principal & Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
As you have shared with me your vision for the establishment of the “Asian Mission in Canada”, I do endorse the strategic importance of this new venture. I myself in 1970 chose to have Regent College in Vancouver, as being on the Pacific Rim, with its strategic location for looking west towards Asia. There lies the future orientation for global Christianity, with all its demographic potential. At the same time, your desire to create a Research Centre, for both missiology and pastoral theology, which is a vital component. So many immigrant Asian churches are struggling with pastoral problems, since their immigrants bring so many emotional problems with them, which need both sound doctrine and wise therapy to resolve. Church discipline, within a shame culture, also needs wise understanding, as well as the social challenge of ageing churches. For these, and other issues, I shall support your Asian Mission in Canada, as much as I can. May the Lord continue to guide and direct your plans.
The Rev. Yee Shing Wong
Former Senior Pastor, Vancouver Chinese Baptist Church, BC
Former President, Vancouver Chinese Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship, BC
I rejoice at Rev. Leung’s burden to launch the Asian Mission in Canada, establishing an Asian-Canadian Church Research Centre to do reflections on how well Asian immigrants are responding to the Christian gospel, how they adapt to the cultural climate and what challenges they are facing here. Better still is that both pastors and lay will be equipped to minister to the people, translating thought into action. Furthermore, I am thrilled to see partnership in gospel witness fostered among different Asian ethnic churches, which will be a really beautiful picture. Rev. Leung, I give you my support, and pray that many will support you as well. (Translated from the Chinese original)
The Rev. Dr. Ka-Lun Leung
President & William C. Newbern Professor of Theology, Alliance Bible Seminary, Hong Kong
Hearty congratulations on the founding of the Asian-Canadian Church Research Centre, which is an effort to promote dialogue between the gospel and culture, and to expand the Kingdom ministry. May I offer the prayer of St. Patrick of Ireland, a great fourth-century Christian missionary, to ask the Lord to chart its course and give his protection over the Centre. May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us.
(Translated from the Chinese original)
Dr. Donald Lewis
Professor of Church History, Regent College, Vancouver, BC
I warmly welcome the establishment of the Asian Mission in Canada. It has the potential to be a powerful force for Christian unity and to empower a strong Christian witness in Asian-Canadian Christianity.
The Rev. Dr. Joyce Chung-Yan Chan
Interim Vice President, Associate Professor of Church History & Director of North American Chinese Church Ministry Program, Carey Theological College, Vancouver, BC
Residing in North America for 19 years, I recognized the unique challenges facing the Asian North American Christian community in both outreach and discipleship. In the past few years, I had the opportunity to work with the Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity (ISAAC) and witnessed their significant contribution to Asian American Christians. I dreamed that someday we would have the resources to nurture such a ministry in Canada, with the same academic rigor and practical insights for congregational life in Asian Canadian Christianity. I deeply appreciate Bishop Stephen Leung’s vision and passion in leading the way for this pioneering project and look forward to seeing what God will be doing through the Asian Mission in Canada.