June 24-July 1, 2013
General Assembly News
New PCT General Secretary Officially Takes Over
Reported by Lin Yi-ying
Translated by Peter Wolfe
On June 24th 2013, under the witness of General Assembly Moderator Hsu Jung-fong and the affiliated officials, Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong received the stamps and all financial records of PCT General Offices from the former General Secretary Rev. Andrew T C Chang, officially kicking off the 7th term’s service as General Secretary.
Succeeding the missionary efforts and evangelical contributions from previous general secretaries, such as Rev. William J.K. Lo and Rev. Andrew T C Chang, Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong would lead PCT entering the historic 150th mission anniversary. He pledges PCT will carry on preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, serving the State of Taiwan as a steward and becoming the reliable and trustworthy “symbol of hope” for Taiwan people
During his departure speech, Rev. Andrew T C Chang frankly admitted that the general secretary office was a very tough job confronting kinds of difficulty and hardship. Yet, these challenges also granted him opportunities to experience the grace from God. Especially, when he learned our church members change their critical jargon from “ You! PCT General Assembly ” into a inclusive starting words like “ We PCT General Assembly”, this made him full of gratitude and thanks to Lord.
In his concluding prayer of this office handover, Moderator Hsu Jung-fong delivered his appreciation for what Rev. Andrew T C Chang had achieved: leading PCT to have an excellent ecumenical relationships with world church partners, and convincing PCT members to stand behind the ministry of General Assembly. He prayed the new General Secretary. Rev. Lyim Hong-tiong, could stick to the spirit of “Glorify God and Benefit People”, carry on what God have wonderfully blessed to our ministries and contribute to the well-being of Taiwan churches.
Incoming and outgoing general secretaries take one last shot together.
Photo by Lin Yi-ying