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勉勵的話 : 把握復興的機遇 Seize the Opportunity for Revival (2016學房特刊)
發表者 webmaster 於 2015-10-19 10:38:27 (4385 次瀏覽)


把握復興的機遇


今年,是二次世界大戰盟國勝利70週年,世界各地都有不同形式的慶祝活動。特別是兩岸三地,「勝利」是何等重量的期盼,漫長暴風暴雨的黑夜,終於等到了黎明的曙光。70年了!中國蒙神保守,從極艱難困苦中茁壯成長。近年,中國領袖提出「一帶一路」、「亞投行」等構思振興亞洲。從前,中國與亞洲、世界貿易,主要是由「絲綢之路」,從陸上絲路穿越中亞、直到耶路撒冷;從東南海上絲路,與亞洲、世界接軌,文化、經濟絡繹往來;「絲綢之路」見證了中國、亞洲繁華衰落的世代。今天的中國興起了,領頭建立「新時代的絲綢之路」,為中國、為亞洲建立一個雙惠、雙助、雙贏的新時代。


中國古列興起


昔日以色列被擄以先,神藉先知向世人宣告以色列民將會從被擄之地復興,神更預言波斯國將有古列王興起,為復興預備道路。「我憑公義興起古列,又要修直他一切道路。他必建造我的城,釋放我被擄的民;不是為工價,也不是為賞賜。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。」(賽45:13)神要用古列王,幫助以色列民歸回,亦使萬民知道耶和華是神,天地間除耶和華以外,沒有別神。


今天中國興起,帶領亞洲、非洲各國各民進入新時代,這一切如昔日古列的興起,按照神的心意帶領百姓進入復興,釋放「被擄的人」。有一說「有人的地方就有『中國人』,有中國商人的地方就有『溫州人』,有溫州人的地方就有『教會』。」當亞洲復興之路打開,意味福音的莊稼已經熟了,只等工人收割。中國將要打開的不單是經濟大門,也是一條「福音的絲路」,是一條感恩的路,是為「君王預備的道路」。神一直等候「中國古列」的興起,承接福音的棒,帶動中國復興、亞洲復興。


中國復興亞洲復興


十年前,聖靈對我們說“It’s time for China! It’s time for Asia!”於是,我們在2005年舉辦「聖靈100」,連續100個晚上「研經和敬拜」,尋求神復興亞洲的心意,當中,我們也為亞洲100個城市復興禱告。「聖靈100」聚會裡,神不斷用話語啟示我們「中國復興、亞洲復興」,應許我們在亞洲十二個國家的大城市裡「得地為業」建立教會。當中有馬來西亞、菲律賓、泰國、越南、柬埔寨、緬甸、印度、伊朗、日本、卡塔爾、尼泊爾、內蒙古。



2005年「聖靈100」百晚查經百晚禱告聚會

One Hundred evening of Bible study and

prayer meetings at “Holy Spirit100” in 2005.

當年,教會建立才五年,學房才辦了一年,聚會才700多人,只是租用北角碼頭上蓋的一隅作聚會場地,分堂有一間是尚在起步的古晉611。以這些有限資源,我們是不可能承擔如此工作,不可能往亞洲開展宣教植堂。然而,我們跟隨就看見聖靈作工。「聖靈100」奮興會尚未結束,我們先後成立了馬來西亞吉隆坡GA611靈糧堂、菲律賓土甲盧611靈糧堂和大埔611靈糧堂;他們的建立,都不是預先安排。吉隆坡江牧師本在傳統教會裡事奉,聖靈更新後,她和夫婿辭去原來事奉,到學房接受裝備等候,神呼召她回去吉隆坡重新建立教會。菲律賓分堂的故事更曲折感人,話說建勝牧師家請了菲傭,她是一位師母,因為教會貧困,為了支持教會,師母便到香港當傭工,丈夫Daniel牧師則留在家鄉帶教會。「聖靈100」期間,我們為馬尼拉復興禱告;請她禱告及分享,神的靈充滿她,她的分享感動了我們;於是,我們邀請了她的丈夫Daniel牧師來港,讓他倆在學房接受裝備,再差派回菲律賓;幾年下來,吉隆坡和菲律賓教會,在各地建立了多間分堂,帶領許多人歸主。 


得勝在乎耶和華


過去十年,神使用我們學房的學生,起來宣教植堂。我們先後在澳門、新加坡、砂勞越、沙巴、檳城、泰國、緬甸、喀麥隆、日本、台中、印度……各處建立教會,如今我們分堂合共有33間。神說「這是中國、亞洲復興的時刻」,我們跟隨,神便帶領我們在亞洲各地建立教會。當中馬來西亞、菲律賓、泰國、緬甸、日本、印度,正是「聖靈100」期間神給我們的「十二個應許之地」。 「馬是為打仗之日預備的,得勝乃在乎耶和華。」(箴21:31)


日本、印度宣教是趙世光牧師年代開始,只是後人無以為繼,靈糧堂在日本、印度的工作,好像漸漸「消失」在歲月裡。有人說,日本是宣教最艱難的「硬土」,無論你投放多少資源,都看不見結果。我們從「碼頭時代」(2006年)已按領受開始日本的宣教工作,培訓日本同工、差派到東京開辦福音工作,只是經過了三年、四年,投放許許多多的人力、物力、心力,最後就是沒有結果,「消失了」。正當東京宣教的門關上,神又為我們親自打開了日本更多宣教的大門。


聖靈水流在亞洲


今年,聖靈大大在我們中間作工,讓我們先後得著日本和印度。3月岩山牧師帶著「神的Kindness」,回北海道建立「恩慈靈糧堂」;5月喜納傳道結束了在港三年八個月的訓練,帶著轉化的生命回沖繩事奉;6月,同樣來自沖繩的宮崎傳道,懷著「生命樹」的異象,前往大阪建立「生命樹靈糧堂」。這是「外至內」、「北到南」、「中間開始」的三線同進的復興策略,是我們事前從沒想到的安排。



611分堂遍植點 611 Branch churches extention chart

「從外至內復興」,因為沖繩是在日本外島,這是「兵家必爭之地」,有人說「得著沖繩得著日本」。「從北到南的復興」,北海道在日本東北方,這裡土地潔淨、生活單純,禱告者說「大光從東而來,日本復興是先從北海道開始」。「從中間燃點的復興」,大阪是日本本州中央,與京都為鄰,從這城市開始工作,復興火一下子便燃點各地。


1965年,趙世光牧師率先往韓國宣教,成千上萬的人歸主。趙牧師寫了一本書《聖靈的水流在東方》,總結他在韓國看見的屬靈工作,勉勵弟兄姊妹「把握神所賜的機會」廣傳福音;當時,靈糧堂並沒有跟上這復興浪潮。及後,韓國福音大爆炸,整個民族、國家轉化復興,影響至今。


迎接更大的復興


親愛的弟兄姊妹,五十年前趙世光牧師已看到亞洲復興的兆頭,只是香港教會沒有握著機會;十年前,神藉「聖靈100」再次啟動中國復興、亞洲復興的浪頭。我們跟隨,我們真的看見聖靈奇妙的工作。十年過去了!教會增長再增長,從700人增長至7000多人;從一間分堂增長至30多間分堂。我們看見聖靈帶領我們在馬來西亞、泰國、緬甸、菲律賓、印度、日本各地事奉。


親愛的弟兄姊妹,一個更大的復興浪潮將要湧起,從中國以至亞洲。It’s time for China! It’s time for Asia! 要把握神所賜的機會,憑信心回應莊稼的主,為主收割莊稼,作這時代的器皿。■


 


Seize the Opportunity for Revival


This year marks the 70th anniversary of the victory in World War II and, in order to celebrate this occasion, allies around the world are commemorating this event in different ways. This is especially true in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where victory was experienced and where the great weight of expectation lasted through the long nights of torrential rainstorms until, finally, the light of dawn! 70 years! China was preserved by God and, through the endurance of extreme hardship, she grew. In recent years, the leaders of China have proposed plans like, “One Belt, One Road,” “the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank” to revitalize Asia. In the past, world trades between China and Asia are conducted mainly through the Silk Road. On land it went through Central Asia and all the way to Jerusalem and on the Maritime Silk Road, it went from the Southeastern Sea and connected them through cultural and economic exchange; the Silk Road witnessed generations in China and Asia boom and decline. Today, China has risen and is taking lead in establishing a Silk Road for a New Era which benefits, assist and brings victory mutually to all parties.


Rise of Cyrus of China


Back before Israel was taken captive, God proclaimed through the prophets that she would be revived in the land of her captivity. Moreover, God prophesied the rise of Cyrus, the king of Persia, to prepare the road to revival. “I will raise up Cyrus in my righteousness: I will make all his ways straight. He will rebuild my city and set my exiles free, but not for a price or reward, says the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 43:13 NIV) God used an ancient king to help bring the return of the Israelites back and let the nations know that the Lord is God and apart from Him, there is no other god in Heaven above or on earth below.


The revival of China today will lead the people of Asia, Africa and the nations into a new generation and all of this will be just like in days past when Cyrus rose up, and, in accordance to the will of God, will lead the people into revival, deliverance, and set the captives free. It has been said that, “Wherever there is land, you are sure to find a Chinese person,” and, “Wherever you have a Chinese businessman, one of them is bound to be from Wenzhou.” Moreover, “wherever you have someone from Wenzhou, there you will find a church.” When the path to Asia’s revival opens up, it means that the Harvest of the Gospel is ripe; we’re just waiting for laborers to reap. The door that China will soon open up is not only the great door of the economy, but it will also open the Silk Road of the Gospel, as well, a path of grace that will prepare the way for the King. All along, God has been waiting for the rise of the “Cyrus of China” to take up the mantle of the Gospel to initiate the revival of China and of Asia.


The Revival of China, the Revival of Asia


Ten years ago, the Holy Spirit said to me, “It’s time for China! It’s time for Asia!” and so, in 2005 I held Holy Spirit 100, one hundred consecutive evenings of Bible Study and of Worship. We prayed for the will of God concerning the revival of Asia, and also for the revival of 100 different cities in Asia. God continually spoke to us during our meetings of Holy Spirit 100 and revealed, “The Revival of China, the Revival of Asia,” and promised that we would possess the land and plant churches in big cities of 12 nations in Asia; amongst them included Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, India, Iran, Japan, Qatar, Nepal, and inner Mongolia.

At the time, our church had only been established for five years and our Leadership Institute, for one. With a little more than 700 people, the only venue we had was a rented place on the North Point Pier, and we only had one branch church, 611 Kuching. We could not take up such a task with such limited resources, - it was impossible for us to expand and plant churches throughout Asia. However, as we followed the Holy Spirit, we saw Him work. Holy Spirit 100 had not ended. Since then, we have established GA611 Bread of Life Christian Church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 611 Tuguegarao Bread of Life Christian Church in the Philippines, and Taipo 611 Bread of Life Christian Church in Hong Kong; these establishments were not something we had pre-arranged beforehand. Pastor Kong from Kuala Lumpur was originally ministering in a traditional church, but after the renewal of the Holy Spirit, she and her husband quit their ministry and came to our Leadership Institute to receive equipping and to wait upon the Lord. Later, God called her to return to Kuala Lumpur to establish a new church. The story from our branch church in the Philippines has more twists and turns and is even more touching. As the story goes, Pastor Jason hired a domestic helper who was a C-Mo (pastor’s wife). Because the church had financial difficulties, she came to Hong Kong to work in order to support it. Her husband, Pastor Danny, stayed behind in their province, leading their church. We just happened to be praying for the revival of Manila during Holy Spirit 100 and invited her to pray and share. The Spirit of God filled her and what she had to share really touched us so we invited her husband to come to Hong Kong in order that the two of them could receive equipping from our Leadership Institute; later, we commissioned them back to the Philippines. After some years, the churches in both Kuala Lumpur and in the Philippines raised up many of their own branch churches and led many to the Lord.


Victory Rests with the Lord


God has used the students from our Leadership Institute to rise up and plant churches in the past decade. Altogether we have established churches in Macau, Singapore, Sarawak, Sabah, Penang, Thailand, Burma, Cameroon, Japan, Taichung, and India…so many places; to date, we have 33 branch churches. God said, “It’s time for revival in China and in Asia,” and as we followed, God led us to plant churches around Asia, including those in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, and in India- the 12 exact cities that God had promised to give us when we prayed during Holy Spirit 100.

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:31 NIV)


Missions to Japan and India started back in the days of Pastor Zhao Shiguang, but the successors couldn’t upkeep it and, in those particular countries, the work of the Bread of Life Churches seemed to gradually “disappear.” Someone said that, “Japan had the hardest missionary soil in that, no matter how many resources you invest there, you never see results.” During our North Point Pier Days (in the year 2006) we were already prompted to start missionary work in Japan and trained up Japanese co-workers and commissioned them to Tokyo to start the work of the Gospel. However, after just three or four years, and after investing a great amount of man-power, resources, and emotional toil, in the end, it all came to nothing and “disappeared.” But, just as the missionary door to Tokyo closed, God now personally opened up even more and greater ones to Japan.


The Flow of the Holy Spirit in Asia


This year, the Holy Spirit is working mightily amongst us so that we gained Japan and India. In March, Pastor Eiji Iwayama took God’s Kindness to Hokkaido and established “Hesed Bread of Life Christian Church;” In May, after three years and eight months with us, Minister John Kina ended his training and brought his transformed life back to Okinawa to minister there. Also from Okinawa, Minister Izuru Miyazaki conceived the Tree of Life vision and went to Osaka to establish “Japan Tree of Life 611 Ling-Leung Church” in June. It was a simultaneous three-strand strategy of revival which will go from “the Outside In”, from the “North to the South”, and “Starts from the Middle,” -an arrangement that we had never even thought of beforehand.


The Revival from the “Outside In:” Because, Okinawa lies on the outlying islands of Japan and is a contested region, someone has said that, “to gain Okinawa is to gain the whole of Japan.” “The revival from North to South:”…Hokkaido lies on the northeastern part of Japan where the land is clean, life is simple, and where prayer intercessors say, “the Great Light will come from the East and the revival of Japan will start in Hokkaido.” “Revival that Starts from the Middle” – Osaka is the center of Japan’s Honshu and is in the neighborhood of Kyoto; The Fire of Revival will start in this city and ignite everywhere else from here.

In 1965, Pastor Zhao first went as missionary to Korea and led tens of millions to the Lord. He wrote a book called, “The Flow of the Holy Spirit in the East,” and summed up his insight of the work of the Holy Spirit in Korea, encouraging brothers and sisters to “seize the opportunity that God has given the Church” and spread the Gospel. The Bread of Life church did not step on to that wave of Revival at that time but afterwards, there was a great explosion of the Gospel in Korea and the people and nation were transformed and revived, making an impact even until today.


Welcoming an even Greater Revival


Dear brothers and sisters, 50 years ago Pastor Zhao saw the sign of revival in Asia, but it’s just that the churches in Hong Kong did not seize the opportunity. A decade ago, through Holy Spirit 100, God started up China’s revival once again, the wave of Revival in Asia. As we follow, we really see the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. Ten years have passed! The church has grown again and we’ve increased from 700 people to more than 7,000 and from one branch church to more than 30. We see that the ministry the Holy Spirit has led us to in Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, the Philippines, India, and Japan.

Dear brothers and sisters, a greater wave of Revival is rising from China and to Asia. It’s time for China! It’s time for Asia! We need to seize the opportunity God has given us and, respond to the Lord of the Harvest with faith and reap the Harvest; be a vessel for this generation.■


 


 



611 學房校長 張恩年牧師
Headmaster of 611 Leadership Institute
Pastor Joshua
2015.08.26



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