asia: September 05, 2012

Summer Assembly in Korea, 2-4 August

In Korea CE is so much part of the Presbyterian church, that it got split when the church split because of doctrinal issues some decades ago. Since then there is a 'hap dong' Korean CE Union (www.koreace.co.kr) and a smaller 'kosin' union(www.koreace.org). Both groups maintain informal relations with each other.

During my visit in Korea both groups had their convention. An estimated 300 'Hap-dong' Endeavorers met in the Kolon Sport Hotel near Gyeongju, an ancient Korean capital in the Southeast for the 87th Summer Assembly. Participants (age-group 20 - 50) enjoyed fellowship almost around the clock. The inaugural meeting started around 2 pm with a ceremonial entry of the speakers and the group of past presidents. This is a peculiar body in the Korean CE and seems to be the backbone of the Korean CE. Most of them being businessmen KCEU is run quite effective, project and goal oriented. The President of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church was the first speaker. The evening program - again mainly sermons - went on until 11 pm. After that many participants spend time with friends, some of them half the night. The wake up call next morning made sure everybody was awake when a convention steward came knocking the door, inviting for the morning devotion at 6 am. Most of this day was reserved for recreational activities so I could go with WCEU Vice president Elder Ko to pay a short visit to the 23rd convention of the 'kosin' CE.

Mr. Hyunsoo Lim, KCEU President, Andreas A. Rudolph and Mr. Ko Tong un

About 150 youth had met in the Kosin University in Busan. I gave the same message which I had preached the day before to the 'Hap-dong' CE and Elder Ko Tong-un invited all to participate in the 2014 World's CE Convention. Back in Gyeongju the evening program had bible studies, the witness of a famous Korean singer and a powerful band accompanying contemporary praise songs - everything in Korean of course. The next morning (Saturday) began again with devotions at 6 am. After that breakfast checkout from the rooms and 9 am the final session. (Everybody was expected to be home for church on Sunday!) But it took some time until all the good byes had been waved and all the photographs 'to remember' had been taken. To get most out of the time everything was done fast and disciplined. Still everybody enjoyed!

September 05, 2012, 15:06 h by Andreas A. Rudolph, General Secretary, WCEU.

asia: August 07, 2012

CE Convention in Tamil Nadu, India

The North Tamil State CE Convention was held end of July at a retreat centre in Yercaud, a hill station near Salem. Over 140 participants from different places and different age groups took active part. The Conference Theme “Live like Lord Jesus Christ” was addressed by Mr. Jeyaraj, Ex-BYM missionary, Rev. Theobald Vasikaran and Dr. P. Sethu, Director of Indienhilfe. The meeting, singing and devotions were meaningful. The participants experienced a good time of fellowship and sharing. Keeping to the tradition, the CE flag was raised at the inaugural function on 20th evening. (by P.Sethu)

August 07, 2012, 13:18 h by Thomas Kröck.

asia: March 22, 2012

Korea active in social projects

The now 90 years old Korean Christian Endeavor Union (K.C.E.U.) is very active in social projects. Last winter about 400 endeavorers provided 100.000 briquettes to needy people in the towns of Jaecheon, Daegu, Sooncheon, Busan and Seoul. Later the K.C.E.U. provided 1 million bottles of water to earthquake victims in Japan. In May a church was built in Chennai, India and in June the Spring Valley Church in Davao, on the Mindanao Island, Philippines, was consecrated. Both building projects were accompanied with food supply and educational programs. In August K.C.E.U. held the 86th Summer Leadership Seminar on Jeju Island. About 500 CE members and their families participated in the four days event and received "a great vision and grace" as per the report by Mr. Ko Tong-un, WCEU Vice-President. They held a seven days Prayer Meeting there as well. Recently a school was inaugurated in Kenya in connection with a Korean mission project complementing a church building they finished last year.

Retrieved from a report by Mr. Ko Tong-un, WCEU Vice-President

March 22, 2012, 14:15 h by Anna Visky.

asia: October 07, 2011

Meeting CE in India and Nepal

India

To learn about the state of CE in India (CEiI) A. Rudolph visited three areas with strong CE presence and met mainly regional leaders. The Indian CE - one of the oldest national unions - is challenged by its great diversity of languages, cultures, churches and the vast distances of the sub-continent. There are no full-time workers in CEiI. In South India A. Rudolph met the Youth Coordinators of the CSI Diocese Nagercoil, representing 500 CE groups. In Madras he met the CEiI Bhubaneshwar, attended a district CE conference. In North-East India, an area partly entirely Christian, A. Rudolph could meet with some members of the regional board for personal conversation. CEiI thrives where individuals whole heartedly work for Christ and His church. Lack of national coordination and strategies for the future cripple CE in India.

Nepal

CE-Kathmandu, Nepal organised a one day Youth Seminar on 21 August in Aashish Presbyterian Church. Established Christian specialists presented useful information on the subjects of Responsibilities of the Christian Youth, The Generation Gap, Worship and Music and Substance Abuse. Over 50 youth and teenagers attended the event. Secretary of CE-Nepal presented a report on the activities of CE-Nepal and Rev. Andreas Rudolph gave an introduction of WCEU. The Programme was conceived and designed by Coordinator of CE - Kathmandu and conducted by Treasurer of CE-Nepal.

Report by Dr. M. Bhattarai, President Nepal CE Union

CE is in Nepal since 1993. The National Union was formed 1998. There are about 40 societies mainly in the Eastern Region of Nepal. About 500 youth are now members of CE in the poverty stricken country which was a Hindu kingdom until 2008.

October 07, 2011, 14:41 h by Anna Visky.

asia: May 19, 2011

Nepal: Youth Retreat was a Blessing

The Christian Endeavour Nepal conducted a Youth Retreat from February 14-16 at Banepa. Over 50 persons participated including 23 youth leaders and six Korean students from the Joshua - Community of Yangjae Onnuri Church of Seoul, South Korea. Worship, prayer, humility and service, commitment to Christ and each other, strengthening the Church and resisting worldly influences were the points made towards transforming ourselves by renewing our mind (Rom 12.2).

May 19, 2011, 07:36 h by Andreas rudolph.