“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
At West Sydney Chinese Christian Church (WSCCC) we value being active in obeying Jesus in the great commandment to love our neighbour (Matthew 22:39) and the great commission (Matthew 28:18-20). This reflects in all we do, and is seen in how we seek to share God’s love and truth, serving for the good of the community and the world – locally and globally.
Many individuals within the church are personally involved in or support a wide variety of projects helping those in need or reaching out with the message hope in Jesus – especially those in great need. Below are a few projects church members are involved in or support as a group:
Church members take part in forming teams which outreach to the marginalised around Central Railway Station as part of the Surry Hills Urban Mission (SHUM). Through giving out of food and engaging in conversation SHUM volunteers aim to demonstrate the love of Christ to people who are often ignored by mainstream society.
The youth of WSCCC volunteer with the Salvation Army’s annual Red Shield Appeal. In doing so we recognise the ongoing valuable work of the Salvo’s in making a real difference in the lives of Australians in great need – and how such service stands as an overflow of Christ’s love to us.
Many young adults take part as camp leaders at summer holiday kids programs in regional parts of NSW in January every year. The week long programs provide a fun environment where relationships are built and the gospel is shared so that lives are changed eternally.
Every year the families and youth of WSCCC get behind preparing shoe boxes filled with Christmas gifts as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project. This project aims to touch the lives of some of the poorest kids in the world with a useful gifts around Christmas, whilst also sharing about the true gift we celebrate at Christmas – Christ coming into the world.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Mattew 28:18-20
WSCCC is committed to bringing the love and message of Jesus to the world. WSCCC has a long and strong tradition of sending out its members to serve God cross-culturally. Below are some of the present members of our global team:
Phil and Irene Nicholson have been serving with OMF in Taiwan in since 1992. Having served for many years as Field Director, among their many roles, Phil works with Langham to help train pastors in less resourced countries to preach well, and Irene is developing OMF’s training.
Wayne and Angela Chen are with OMF in Taiwan reaching the Taiwanese working class. They support local Taiwanese churches and train and equip local people.
Jaqui Ng has worked in Singapore as OMF International Facilitator, and is now looking to work with Third Culture Kids and support families and children through the challenges of intercultural and international transitions.
Aaron and Amy Koh currently serve in Taiwan with OMF. Like most of our missionaries, Aaron grew up at WSCCC, developed a desire to serve God in global ministry, was a pastor at WSCCC, and also cuts his own hair – often with mixed results. Aaron and Amy have 4 children – Zoe, Felicity, Jonathan and Mitchell.
Andrew and Jo Wong have served in Sendai in Japan working with survivors of the Tsunami, and will now move to Yahaba with a vision to plant a church in the less resourced area. Andrew grew up at WSCCC, was previously a pastor at WSCCC. Andrew and Joanna have 3 children: Emily, Hannah & Alyssa.
Alex and Naomi Fung have served as gospel workers in Japan, working in evangelism, campus ministries and church ministries. They are currently on Home assignment and have recently welcomed their first child, Eliana.
Matt & Jen Lim have are settling in to life in Japan to work with HiBA, supporting Christian High-Schoolers and providing programs that encourage them and help them to form good support networks in settings where they often have very little support.