Our P.E.A.C.E. Story
The Vision and Development of the P.E.A.C.E. Plan
By: Rev. Sam Chan (RHCCC P.E.A.C.E. Plan Director) and Pastor KinWah Ho (RHCCC P.E.A.C.E. Plan Pastor)
The P.E.A.C.E. Plan was adopted by RHCCC as its missions strategy in January 2006. The decision was made following much discussion and prayer by the Executive Church Board, with hearts full of excitement and trepidation. With the guidance of God, the P.E.A.C.E. Plan has seen tremendous progress in the past seven years.
Remarkable Missional Ideas
The P.E.A.C.E. Plan is composed of 3 brand new ideas:
1. Fundamentally, the P.E.A.C.E. Plan is a missions strategy that mobilizes all lay Christians. It recognizes that the call to missions is made not to the passionate few, Christian leaders, or experts, but rather to each and every believer. Hence the notion that “Everyone having a part in missions” became the promotional and educational direction for the P.E.A.C.E. Plan.
2. In addition, the P.E.A.C.E. Plan stresses the co-operation between local churches and the believers, which has propelled us to collaborate with churches from other countries in unity to change the world with the power of the Gospel. Through partnerships and grassroots strategies, local churches have been empowered to continue their work in the Gospel independently. With the involvement of various P.E.A.C.E. Plan initiatives, service to local communities, and fostering of trust, local churches have made beautiful testimonies of the Gospel. Missions thus become a non-divisional, Kingdom-wide concept.
3. Lastly, the P.E.A.C.E. Plan targets the five global giants that threaten all mankind: Spiritual Emptiness, Self-Centered Leadership, Extreme Poverty, Pandemic Disease, Illiteracy and Lack of Education. Our response to these is to plant churches (P), equip servant leaders (E), assist the poor (A), care for the sick (C), and educate the next generation (E). Our P.E.A.C.E. teams have been sent to different parts of the world to train local churches and believers. Through the use of existing resources and replicable tools, local churches increase their capabilities and capacity in the work of the Gospel, and reduce their reliance on external resources. Missions thus become a network of co-working local churches and believers playing their parts.
For You and Me
With the goal of involving everyone in missions, there has been significant increase in the participation of RHCCC members in overseas missions work. The number of person-trips increased from 38 in 2005 to 201 as of May 2013. These numbers are in reality nothing to boast of as the journey ahead is still far from the perspective of a total mobilization. However it is worth noting that these numbers passed a hundred in 2009 and over 200 last year since we first embarked on the P.E.A.C.E. Plan. It is with deep conviction that we recognize the work of God through the increase response of RHCCC members towards the urgency of missionary work.
From short-term serving to long-term strategic partnership
With a non-divisional Kingdom perspective, and partnerships with local churches, each playing a part in a network, we began to depart from the short-term serving model, and move instead towards plans to build and construct. These building projects in conjunction with local churches and organizations translate into far-reaching development plans for them.