By Coria Chan
Paul declared the core of Christianity in a sentence:
‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and humankind, the man Christ Jesus...’ 1 Timothy 2:5
The One and only true God in this world and universe, between God and human flesh has one mediator who is Jesus Christ. He who became flesh was born into the world, died on the cross to save the world, descended to the dead and conquered death. He is our Savior.
I was called to spread this good news.
I did not come from an Anglican background. I joined the church since I was an infant and participated in the various ministries of the church when I was a youth. After completing a Bachelor of Theology degree in 1982 in Hong Kong, I served in my mother church for three years but quit my ministry because of family needs. In 1992, our family moved to Australia. In the role of a pastor’s wife, I supported my husband’s ministry for 16 years. In 2008, God opened a door to let me have my own ministry. In 2011 I joined the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide.
I had bowel cancer in 2014. And due to health needs, I have decided to pursue early retirement from my current work at Unley Parish, effective from December 1, 2017.
It has been a wonderful period over the past six years as I have served in Anglican Diocese of Adelaide.
The Chinese congregation of Unley Parish is the first fruit of Chinese ministry of Anglican Diocese of Adelaide and I had the privilege to participate in it. Despite many years of pastoral experience, I found that this ministry work has become increasingly difficult. Personally I think this is due to the church lack of eschatological perspective; people do not feel of their spiritual needs. We indulge, enjoying the convenience of immediate technology and comfort- while lacking awareness of ultimate concerns.
Therefore, gospel work in the church is at a long ‘bottle neck’ at the moment. To break through this difficulty requires the work of the Holy Spirit- because it is only the Holy Spirit who can awaken and change people. ‘When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment...’ (John 16:8). Repentance must come first from the church, ‘Because the time has come, for judgment to begin at the house of God...’ (1 Peter 4:17). From my point of view, it requires specific, serious discussion and practical action from church leaders.
Before priesthood, I was being required to study courses to get to know more about the Anglican Church and participate in Formation Class. We reviewed church history, recognizing the Anglican Church’s long, rich and deep spiritual inheritance. That which God entrusted to the Church- is still faced with many threats and challenges, making the road to development a long uphill one. Now with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, thanks be to God for the preservation of the Church. May the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide live, and strive for the kingdom of heaven, fighting the good fight for the Gospel! I shall never cease to pray for you, the Church.