“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'”
– Matthew 28: 18-20
Action – Offering – Obedience
“As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.”
– Matthew 4:18-22
Jesus said to the fishermen, “I will send you out to fish for people.” If Simon, Andrew, James and John did not left their boat immediately and followed Jesus, they would never be able to receive God’s promised blessings. All Christians know the importance of sharing the Gospel, but what is more important, is our action, offering and obedience.
Rexdale Chinese Alliance Church does not only do local outreach ministries, but sees the importance of overseas mission. This is because apostle Paul told us clearly that “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.” (Romans 1:14)
Not only apostle Paul was, but we all are obligated to those who have not yet heard the Gospel. So, let us partner with the missionaries we support, and share the Gospel with our action, offering and obedience.
Missionaries We Sent Out
Pastor Henry & Wendy Chuang
Henry and Wendy were both born in Taiwan, and immigrated to Canada when they were teenagers. After they started working in Toronto, they met at their home church’s Mandarin Young Career Fellowship in 1998. After 4 years of getting knowing each other, they got married in 2002.
Full time ministry, let alone being missionaries was the furthest thing on their minds once they had family and careers, but the Spirit did not stop His work. In 2009, God called Wendy during a mission conference and she responded with “Here am I. Send me”. (Isa 6:8) But Wendy also prayed to God that “Before you send me, send my husband first because he is the head”.
The very next year Henry encountered a “crisis” moment. He was diagnosed with a severe liver condition from a virus he contracted through vaccination in Taiwan during his elementary school days. The virus stayed dormant until then. Feeling powerless, and hopeless, Henry asked God to use whatever life he has remained on earth for the glory of His kingdom.
At the time, they just returned from a STM in Asia. They saw the darkness people were in despite of their economic prosperity. People did not know God and His salvation through Christ because no one was there to bring them the LIGHT. Soon after they started to prepare themselves in seminary and hoping one day God will use them in a cross-cultural ministry. God worked miracles and guided them step by step.
By God’s grace, they are sent by Rexdale Chinese Alliance Church, with their two boys Tim and Theo to Japan in the summer of 2016 as C&MA licensed clergies and missionaries. Their primary ministry focuses are the Japanese and the international students.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and closure of boarders of Japan, they have been redeployed to Chiayi, Taiwan in 2020, to work with other missionaries in the church planting project.
You may find their news updates from their Facebook group:
Missionaries We Support
Rev. Derek and Mrs. Chantal Chen
They were both born in North America — Derek in the U.S. and Chantal in Canada — but grew up in Asia — Derek in Taiwan and Chantal in Hong Kong. God crossed our paths when we left Asia to attend university in Chicago, and their similar cultural backgrounds drew them to each other.
Chantal was raised in a Christian household and trusted Christ at the age of 12. Derek grew up going to church, but did not understand the gospel until Peter Yoon, their Bible study leader in university (now serving with Ethnos Canada in Asia Pacific), took them chronologically through the Bible from creation to Christ. He also introduced them to tribal missions and impressed upon them God’s heart for every tongue and tribe to hear the gospel in their heart language.
After university, God led them both to serve with GoodSeed International, where Chantal was able to use her journalism training to write the book In-ká-hai: How Sweet It Is!—the true story of how the gospel dramatically transformed the lives of the Manjúi tribe in Paraguay.
After they got married in 2005, God brought them to Dallas Theological Seminary to be further equipped for ministry, then subsequently to Calgary, where Derek served as an assistant Mandarin pastor in our now sending church for three years. During that time God rekindled their hearts for tribal missions through the testimony of another Ethnos Canada missionary couple—Wayne and Gail Chen. They asked God to grant them the privilege of being directly involved in tribal church planting, and He’s been opening door after door ever since.
They finished our training with Emanate (Ethnos Canada’s missionary training program) in December 2015 and are currently ministering among the Tanguat people in Papua New Guinea. They’re super excited to be doing our part in making ready the Bride of Christ for His glorious return!
Rev. Derek & Mrs. Chantal Chen
Serving in Papua New Guinea
- Served the campus ministry in East Asia for many years
- In charge of information technology in a mission agency in Thailand this year
- In charge of counselling and coaching mission coworkers of East Asia online
- Participate in the online issuesiface.com ministry
- Please pray for obtaining a long-term visa.
- Please pray for my transition in ministry and adjusting to daily life in Thailand.
- Please pray for my coworkers in campus ministry, may God use them mightily.