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Rev. Shan Weixiang Receives FELM Delegation
2024-03-26 Source: this site

On the morning of March 15, 2024, Rev. Shan Weixiang, Residential Vice Chairperson of National TSPM, received Rev. Tero Massa, the regional director, Asia at Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM), and other delegates from FELM at CCC&TSPM’s headquarters. The exchange focused on the friendship of the past and the way forward for increased communication in the future.

Rev. Shan Weixiang presented the opportunities and challenges facing the Church in China in the ever-changing times. He emphasized the need for Chinese Christians to exert strenuous efforts in advancing the Chinanization of Christianity, thereby reshaping its foreign image. Adherence to the Three-Self Principles (namely self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating) is necessary to effectively mange the Church in China, and to make people believe that it belongs to Christ and China. Rev. Shan also gave an overview of the departments within CCC&TSPM and their areas of focus.

Rev. Tero Massa outlined the organization structure of FELM and its plan for work in Asia. He appreciated the warm reception from church members across China during his first visit, and commended the social progress witnessed throughout the journey. It is grateful to maintain friendly cooperation over the years, and hopefully there will be continued discussion and cooperation on theological education, social services and shared concerns regarding peace and reconciliation ministries. Rev. Tero Massa also admired the Church in China for its adherence to the Three-Self Principles. Ms. Piia Lempiäinen, advisor in Financial Administration and Good Governance for FELM, also expected to listen to the ideas from the Chinese counterparts during this exchange. 

Mr. Wang Baocheng, the interim deputy director of the Social Services Department of CCC&TSPM, briefed on the ongoing major ministries of church social services, and expressed gratitude for FELM’s support of the social services in China.

After the meeting, the guests visited the Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Grace Telling Bookshop.

Established in 1859, Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission is an independent church exchange organization. With a rich history dating back to its inception, its overseas ministry now centers on social services programs.

Translator & editor: Bei Feng