National Asian American Fellowship Shares Stories of God at Work

Church planter Jon Las shared his story of starting Mosaic Church in northern Alberta, Canada, during the June 10 meeting of the National Asian American Fellowship in Birmingham. Photo by Adam Covington

Church leaders attending the fourth annual National Asian American Fellowship shared stories of God at work among the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2,073 Asian churches.

Church planter Jon Las shared his story of starting Mosaic Church in northern Alberta, Canada. During the past five years, the church has seen 468 people make professions of salvation in Christ.

“Pray for us,” Las said. “It’s a really hard soil up there. It’s as cold as the weather.

“We’re so thankful for the work of God. There are a lot of young people up there.”

Las and other Asian American church leaders shared their stories during the fourth annual National Asian American Fellowship meeting prior to the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Ala. The meeting also included the third annual gathering of the Asian American Second-Generation Fellowship.

Felix Sermon, who started Grace International Christian Church in 2017, described how God is using his church to engage the multi-cultural community around Springfield, Va., with the Gospel.

“In the Northern Virginia area, you’ll find 192 of the 196 nations of the world represented,” Sermon said. “If you want to serve the Vietnamese, come to Northern Virginia. If you want to plant a church among the Tongans, come over here. They are all here.”

Ronnie Floyd addresses fellowship

Ronnie Floyd, SBC Executive Committee president and CEO, began his message to the church leaders present with words of gratitude.

“Thank you for what you’re doing for the Gospel,” Floyd said. “Thank you for what you’re doing for the Southern Baptist Convention. Thank you for what you’re doing in your churches.”

Floyd centered the rest of his remarks around two areas. First, he reminded attendees to keep the Gospel first in everything they do. He urged Asian American churches to target their ministries around the vastly unreached mission fields in their community.

“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. There is a great population who needs Jesus,” Floyd said.

Second, Floyd told attendees of his desire to bring about a new culture of love for one another within Southern Baptist life.

“I want to urge you to help me build that culture,” Floyd said. “Let’s refuse to be divided. Let’s just refuse it. Let’s come together in every way we possibly can, even in the most challenging circumstances we may face, in our church and among Christian brothers and sisters, for the sake of the testimony of the Gospel. We need to love one another.”

Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, and Doug Carver, executive director of chaplaincy at the North American Mission Board, also shared words of encouragement with the fellowship.

“Thank you for what you’re doing for the Gospel,” Floyd said. “Thank you for what you’re doing for the Southern Baptist Convention. Thank you for what you’re doing in your churches.”

Floyd centered the rest of his remarks around two areas. First, he reminded attendees to keep the Gospel first in everything they do. He urged Asian American churches to target their ministries around the vastly unreached mission fields in their community.

“Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. There is a great population who needs Jesus,” Floyd said.

Second, Floyd told attendees of his desire to bring about a new culture of love for one another within Southern Baptist life.

“I want to urge you to help me build that culture,” Floyd said. “Let’s refuse to be divided. Let’s just refuse it. Let’s come together in every way we possibly can, even in the most challenging circumstances we may face, in our church and among Christian brothers and sisters, for the sake of the testimony of the Gospel. We need to love one another.”

Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, and Doug Carver, executive director of chaplaincy at the North American Mission Board, also shared words of encouragement with the fellowship.

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Source: Baptist Press