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My vision and passion

Several weeks ago I re-visited the “life-mission” concept. So I tried stating in one sentence, what seems to be the gripping passion that drives my soul, imagination, and aspirations.

Here’s what I wrote:

To preach the Gospel for all creation, fostering Pentecostal spirituality and its theological tradition worldwide— for the unifying renewal of the global Church.

I am an ecumenical Pentecostal. For me, this means three things.

First, through these past months I have found my Pentecostal identity renewed, as one called by God to represent this tradition.  Hence, to minister the Gospel, out of the resources that define this tradition.

Second, it is a tradition God has entrusted me with. It is a “trust” given to me.  A “trust” that shapes my reading of the Gospel (Jesus as Saviour / Sanctifier, Spirit Baptiser, Healer, Coming King), and how I am obliged to preach the Gospel.

Third, I am called to discharge this trust in ecumenical service to the greater global Church. This means I recognise all church traditions as gifted, with unique gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe that God desires us to acknowledge that these gifts reside within our diverse traditions, and through the Spirit of fellowship, share them with one another. We do so for the global and unifying renewal of the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. I believe I have a part to play in this great cause. I believe that this should define and navigate the ongoing outcome of my life.

Empowered by this passion and in wanting to do God’s will as best as I am discerning it, I am aspiring towards beginning a PhD project in 2017. This is not something new.  It is an aspiration I have held for nearly three decades. Yet my past five years of SPS (Society for Pentecostal Studies) participation has strongly joined this desire to an awakened sense of destiny within the global Pentecostal tradition, in ecumenical service for the greater Church of God.

Towards this aim, I have been dialoguing over the past year with two different institutional routes. Both hope I can begin in 2017. One route would go in the direction of Pentecostal ecumenical theology, and the other towards Pentecostal mission theology.

Over the past several weeks, another factor filtered into these reflections.  This factor was remembrance on how many years ago, my early missionary commissioning has effected two plus decades of life lived beyond my homeland. Hence, I have sensed that this notion of global availability should help steer our navigation through the challenges that lie before my wife and I.

One hindering factor that stands before us and this PhD aspiration, is the financial costs. It presently remains beyond our social-economic reach. Hence, the one thing that holds us back right now, is financially initiating the PhD programme, and perhaps demonstrating that we can financially see it through to its completion.

Therefore, late last March on a countryside walk, I shared the following realisation with my wife Jee Fong.  What I shared is this.  That perhaps for the funding of this aspired PhD programme to emerge, we must now foster complete openness to God and His whole world.  We should do so, presuming that this may be prerequisite for moving into His best for our lives. I am thus sensing that this venture may evoke entirely new ministry/placement opportunities anywhere worldwide.  And hence, that we must be ready for re-location anywhere worldwide, and willing to travel wherever the Lord would send us in convergence to this aspiration.

Therefore, I am believing that it may be best to frame this aspired endeavour within a freshly fostered openness towards God’s will at this life-stage.  This is an openness that avails towards anywhere worldwide that God may see as best fitting, towards engaging this PhD project. We believe we are ready to move forward, wherever this may take us, in order to fulfil this task and maximise its purpose, potential outcomes, for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

I am therefore seeking prayer for God’s miraculous provisions. Prayer towards any help towards establishing:

  1. Funding that can initiate this PhD venture.
  2. Long-term strategies for meeting the yearly PhD expenses.
  3. Any new ministerial, church, organisational, or collaborative relations that may likewise help towards the short or long-term funding of this venture.

To reiterate, my aim is to help:

The global renewing of Pentecostal spirituality

The growing renaissance of this tradition’s theological tradition

In ecumenical service for the unifying renewal of the Church of God worldwide, and the greater glory of God.

The peace of Christ be yours through the power of God’s Spirit,

Monte

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.

 

My vision and passion

Last March I re-visited the “life-mission” concept. So I tried stating in one sentence, what seems to be the gripping passion that drives my soul, imagination, and aspirations.

Here’s what I wrote:

To preach the Gospel for all creation, fostering Pentecostal spirituality and its theological tradition worldwide— for the unifying renewal of the global Church.

I am an ecumenical Pentecostal. For me, this means three things.

First, through these past months I have found my Pentecostal identity renewed, as one called by God to represent this tradition.  Hence, to minister the Gospel, out of the resources that define this tradition.

Second, it is a tradition God has entrusted me with. It is a “trust” given to me.  A “trust” that shapes my reading of the Gospel (Jesus as Saviour / Sanctifier, Spirit Baptiser, Healer, Coming King), and how I am obliged to preach the Gospel.

Third, I am called to discharge this trust in ecumenical service to the greater global Church. This means I recognise all church traditions as gifted, with unique gifts of the Holy Spirit. I believe that God desires us to acknowledge that these gifts reside within our diverse traditions, and through the Spirit of fellowship, share them with one another. We do so for the global and unifying renewal of the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. I believe I have a part to play in this great cause. I believe that this should define and navigate the ongoing outcome of my life.

Empowered by this passion and in wanting to do God’s will as best as I am discerning it, I am aspiring towards beginning a PhD project in 2017. This is not something new.  It is an aspiration I have held for nearly three decades. Yet my past five years of SPS (Society for Pentecostal Studies) participation has strongly joined this desire to an awakened sense of destiny within the global Pentecostal tradition, in ecumenical service for the greater Church of God.

Towards this aim, I have been dialoguing over the past year with two different institutional routes. Both hope I can begin in 2017. One route would go in the direction of Pentecostal ecumenical theology, and the other towards Pentecostal mission theology.

Over the past several weeks, another factor filtered into these reflections.  This factor was remembrance on how many years ago, my early missionary commissioning has effected two plus decades of life lived beyond my homeland. Hence, I have sensed that this notion of global availability should help steer our navigation through the challenges that lie before my wife and I.

One hindering factor that stands before us and this PhD aspiration, is the financial costs. It presently remains beyond our social-economic reach. Hence, the one thing that holds us back right now, is financially initiating the PhD programme, and perhaps demonstrating that we can financially see it through to its completion.

Therefore, late last March on a countryside walk, I shared the following realisation with my wife Jee Fong.  What I shared is this.  That perhaps for the funding of this aspired PhD programme to emerge, we must now foster complete openness to God and His whole world.  We should do so, presuming that this may be prerequisite for moving into His best for our lives. I am thus sensing that this venture may evoke entirely new ministry/placement opportunities anywhere worldwide.  And hence, that we must be ready for re-location anywhere worldwide, and willing to travel wherever the Lord would send us in convergence to this aspiration.

Therefore, I am believing that it may be best to frame this aspired endeavour within a freshly fostered openness towards God’s will at this life-stage.  This is an openness that avails towards anywhere worldwide that God may see as best fitting, towards engaging this PhD project. We believe we are ready to move forward, wherever this may take us, in order to fulfil this task and maximise its purpose, potential outcomes, for the good of the global Pentecostal tradition, and the worldwide Church of God.

I am therefore seeking prayer for God’s miraculous provisions. Prayer towards any help towards establishing:

  1. Funding that can initiate this PhD venture.
  2. Long-term strategies for meeting the yearly PhD expenses.
  3. Any new ministerial, church, organisational, or collaborative relations that may likewise help towards the short or long-term funding of this venture.

To reiterate, my aim is to help:

The global renewing of Pentecostal spirituality

The growing renaissance of this tradition’s theological tradition

In ecumenical service for the unifying renewal of the Church of God worldwide, and the greater glory of God.

The peace of Christ be yours through the power of God’s Spirit,

Monte

For the healing of our Father’s world,

May we of many tongues

Through Pentecost—

Be made one

In Christ.


For the purifying of our hearts, is the Word of God sharper than a double edge sword.

Only take and eat the word held out to you, so that like a tree planted by streams of water, you may yield fruit in the right seasons of harvest and prophesy for the healing of the nations.


I am open space for the raging tide;

For the warmth of sunlight above— a flower.

A leaf— blown by winds untamed.


Rising from distant horizons I saw clouds ascending the gates of heaven.

Then across the way I saw the sun light the sky in so white a brilliance that all clouds melted in its presence.  Surely, from its heat, nothing in all the earth is hidden.

 

So like the sun in all its brilliance does His face shine towards us— and with healing in His wings shall the Sun of Righteousness rise above you.


The greater and true fruit of a grace-touched life is not what we receive or possess, but in how far down, our giving and forgiving flows.


Out of this present world, God is right now crafting a new world and we have a part to play.  For every good deed done in Christ’s love will last for eternity.

 

The Holy Spirit is using every good deed that is good, just and true— to craft the new world which will endure forever.  So “let us not be weary in well dong for in due time we shall reap a harvest.”

 

 


With outstretched arm, the Lord comes down to lift us back to the heights of Zion.

Having redeemed us from Pharaoh’s power, He leads us by pillars of cloud and fire.

 

We hear the trumpet blowing, and the voice from on high: “Behold I open to you doors which none can shut.  Now lift up your face to Zion and I will clothe you as fellow craftsmen with a spirit of wisdom, for the rebuilding of ancient ruins.”


In miracles— I believe.  I believe in the miraculous powers of the Holy Spirit.

 

When all hope fails us— then comes upon us the dawning of coming ages.  Then against all hope, God who gives life to the dead and calls to life things that are not as though they were— then before us God parts waters, and makes for our feet a firm path through waters of chaos.

“Forged from fires where seraphim fly;

I give you the sword of David’s Offspring.

Its blade mirrors the light of the Bright Morning Star, and the hope to which I call you.

By it shall you wage war through Elijah’s spirit.

 

Hold it forth over many waters;

For by it my Spirit divides the soul, laying bare the heart, making ready a people filled with visions of the new creation, yielded to me as signs of my kingdom.”

“The Christian way is not one of avoidance but of particpation in the suffering of Christ, which encompasses not only our own suffering but the suffering of the whole world.” – Richard John Neuhaus, Death on a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. 28 March 2010 Lent Reflection.





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