Director's Note

I write to you today for this month of August with an uneasy yet prayerful heart due to a prolonged global pandemic, which has been affecting all of us in one way or another. In this extended time of uncertainty and confusion, some of us may ask, ‘Where are we heading after this pandemic?” It is a very legitimate question.

Where are we, as EAPTC, heading after we go through this global COVID-19 pandemic? This eye-opening article may light a beacon in your soul regarding that question. The author wrote it from an American perspective, but his points do apply to every church leaders around the world in the current mutual challenge. You can read the article at Meantime, I want to remind you of this. In every trouble that Church experienced in history, like this pandemic we face, what navigated the body of Christ amid challenges is the caring acts of brothers and sisters for one another in the Lord. Love keeps the Church moving in troublesome times! Often, such a Christlike phenomenon brings the leaders and members closer to one another and shines Christ’s light even brighter.

COVID-19 might have caused you and me to take alternate routes in our journey toward our corporate vision, but be assured that the end goal has not changed. We have to finish the unfinished task of raising Christ's disciples through biblical and indigenous trainings for all ages, and to establish the national churches for the evangelization of nations. EAPTC is set to contribute toward completing our Lord's Great Commission. God has even honored Joseph's last will to carry out his bones upon Israelites’ exit from Egypt (See Genesis 50:25) and confirmed it with His presence (See Exodus 13:19-22). More so, He would certainly honor the last will of Christ, also known as the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20). God's presence was once manifested for the Israelites by pillars of cloud and fire. Now Christ's presence assuredly dwells in our hearts and is promised to "be with us always to the very end of the age" as long as we strive to honor his Great Commission.

Our heavenly calling still summons us. The unfinished task of the Great Commission remains and awaits you and me. Please continue to look after people God has given to you, especially those who are in need of comfort and care. Let us keep pressing on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. And one of those days after this perilous disease is stamped out, we will trust God for bringing us all together to meet face to face.

Dr. Paul Lee
International Director