A church in Fujian Province on China’s southeastern coast held a service for retired pastors.
Xiuyu District CC&TSPM in Putian City, Fujian Province hosted a service on July 7th at Huashi Church for the retirement of seven pastors who used to serve in the district. Rev. Huang Songyan delivered a sermon titled "Everything is Prosperous", sharing on "prayer for the retired pastors being well" and "prayer for the retired pastor to serve the Lord smoothly", reported Fujian CC&TSPM.
Rev. Huang Guoqing, one of the retired pastors, delivered a speech, reviewing his ministry experience of more than 30 years, especially his ambition at the beginning of serving and his insights at the time of retirement. Huang expressed that he had expectations for the future in need of reflection with gratitude. Meanwhile, he encouraged the younger generation to serve God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind, exhorting retired pastors to cherish their time to do more of His work and to retire without resting.
Rev. Chen Guo’en, also retired, gave his testimony titled "What kind of person I have become today is because of God’s grace", saying that every servant of God who was an ordinary person achieved an extraordinary position because of God's grace. He earnestly urged church staff to work with gratitude, for all the results of ministries were from His grace.
In the end, retired pastors were presented with honorary certificates, souvenirs, and gifts.
- Translated by Shuya Wang