6 February 2007
Dear brethren in the ICCC,
need to tidy up our membership. I began my General Secretary work without
a complete membership list. That means that if you are an existing member
and your record is not with me, we need to set the record straight and
this can preferably be done via email to expedite matters. This is an
important matter as we have begun in earnest to prepare for our 2010 World
Congress. When we have completed this membership exercise, I shall issue
a complete list of ICCC members in this paper so that we can then know
whether or not any member has been inadvertently left out.
all current memberships have to be renewed or updated. You can find the
application forms on our ICCC website. Please use the right form: there
are three types of members. Ensure that the names of those recommending
are clearly indicated and their signatures obtained. One of them should
be a current Executive Committee member. You can send the application
first by email t, and then followed by a hard copy by ordinary mail. If
you are unsure whether the reapplication has been made by anyone in your
church or organization, let me have your email and I shall communicate
with you on the status of the matter. Any enquiries about membership matters
should be directed to me because I should have on record all applications.
question often asked of me is whether or not ICCC can support a ministry
financially or sponsor the expenses of those wishing to attend ICCC meetings.
I wish this could be done, especially for our members from Third World
countries. But the reality is that currently there is no fund for this
purpose. So please do not write me and indicate that you wish to receive
financial support for your church or ministries, especially if the understanding
is that becoming a member of ICCC qualifies you to receive such support.
However, what I can do is to put up your needs in the Far Eastern Beacon
so that anyone receiving this paper who may be touched by the Lord to
offer any help can do so, not in the name of ICCC, but rather in their
own name or the name of their own organization. It is my hope and prayer
that ICCC members who are able to extend a helping hand financially can
do so. As God has blessed us, so we must reach out to others and be a
blessing to them (1 Cor.16:2).
First, prepare reports of your work so that we can have a clear idea of what ICCC is doing in your countries or region. Let us also know what challenges you face and how the world community can be of help to you. How can we pray for your work? What are your plans for the next period, from 2010 to 2015?
Second, you should begin to identify who can represent your countries and prepare financially to sponsor their travel expenses. ICCC cannot take up that responsibility. If funds are available we can give only partial travel subsidy for Executive Committee members. However, as usual we hope to be able at the most to look after the hospitality needs, of all those who can make their way to Seoul, Korea. as we did at the last World Congress. But please remember that travel needs have to be undertaken by yourselves. You have at least three years to prepare for our next World Congress. Please remember to prepare ahead for your visa so that we will not again have the uncertainty of knowing who will be attending. With the understanding concerning the financial aspect of your travel, we shall be glad to issue you with invitations to attend our 2010 World Congress, giving you sufficient time to process your visa applications.
Third, we should be consciously identifying issues that should be researched, invite theological schools and suitable individuals to engage in preparation of papers that can be used as the basis for Statements or Resolutions that can be put forward to our World Congress for approval. This is where our various Commissions can work on. In fact I have been receiving word from those who signed up to be on the Commissions. These want to know what is happening and how they can contribute. This is encouraging and I hope in my Fifth Letter to have more to say on our ICCC Commissions.