The WCCC will soon host a conference designed to train evangelical Chinese students and young adults to become stronger in faith, and to serve as witness to Christ in their respective campuses. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Stand Firm! Give Fully to the Word of the Lord,” which is derived from a verse from 1 Corinthians 15:58.
The objective of this conference, as mentioned in the conference website, is to have the participants learn how to “stand firm and be bold about their faith in today’s culture.”
The speakers for the conference include Christian-author Jerry Bridges and Chi-Hok Wong, president of the First Evangelical Church Association. The conference will include a number of workshops presented in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin that will touch over themes including Breaking Christian Stereotypes, Is Christianity Narrow-Minded, Purity, Financial Stewardship et al.
Since it started 35 years ago, the WCCC has trained thousands of young evangelical Chinese Christians in following well in faith. The conference had started in 1969 with just a handful of American-born Chinese college students holding Christmas retreat. By 1972, the winter-retreat planning committee began making plans to create the North American Congress of Chinese Evangelicals (NACOCE). After this historical retreat, the small-winter retreat quickly expanded into the big Winter Retreat. Since then, the Winter Retreat annually ministers to both newly immigrated and American-born young adults and students for over 100 Chinese church and fellowship groups.