Elim Chen

Elim Chen

God Involves Us to Work with Him

In 2017, I joined a short-term mission to Lebanon, visiting families that had survived persecution under ISIS. RHCCC was sponsoring them for resettlement in Toronto. For me, the trip turned out to be a life-changing experience. In Beirut, I witnessed the sacrificial love of Pastor Magdi of the Holy Spirit Church. I saw how his wife and their team took care of the traumatized refugees. Their example greatly impacted me. I heard God calling me clearly to preach the gospel to the Muslims and pray earnestly for them.

By 2018, the seven Syrian families we sponsored started arriving in Toronto. Our aim was to help them settle down within a year, with support from seven of RHCCC’s Mandarin, Cantonese and English fellowships. In addition to taking care of these newcomers, many volunteers also started serving once a month at Adam House in downtown Toronto, a facility for residents awaiting verification of their refugee status. Through this ministry, we hoped to better understand the challenges they faced. In September, God led me and my husband, Ivan, to serve the Yazidis, comprising mostly women who had fled from the ISIS massacre in Northern Iraq. We taught them English, gave them rides to see the doctor and do grocery shopping, and sent their children to Sunday school and VBS. We communicated mostly through body language but amazingly managed to build up trust. They even shared with us very personal matters.

In April this year, during the COVID lockdown, I hand-made some masks for the Yazidis, knowing that they couldn’t afford or find any. I intentionally sewed the words ‘Immanuel’ and ‘Jesus Loves You’ on the masks, reminding them that God is always with us even in the darkest times. This mask-making exercise later became a part of RHCCC’s ‘Wash Hands Wash Feet’ project with huge support from many brothers and sisters. And God always provided the materials we needed most!

God is the great Creator. He doesn’t need us to fulfil His plans. Yet, He involves His creation, even us, to work with Him. What an honor! Our mission is to introduce Jesus to all those who don’t know Him, and they too may receive the blessings of the gospel.

‘He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8). I am Christ’s ambassador. I minister to the underprivileged by giving them ‘a glass of cold water.’