Pass It On! (GS Letter Oct 2020)
It has been more than a decade since I began leading FES as the General Secretary (GS). When I look back at the first GS Letter I sent out, I am struck by a familiar sentiment, which I still hold dear till now. Allow me to quote from that letter,
Let me share with you some thoughts that have come to me as I take on this role of leading FES. Though one may begin with an impressive start, but to me, it is much more challenging to finish well. Take a look at one example from the Bible: a disciple called Demas. In his letter to Philemon, Paul regarded Demas as his fellow worker. Paul also mentioned his name in the final greetings of the epistle to the Colossians. Both letters were written in the early period of Paul’s ministry. Nevertheless, in one of his last letters (note: Paul’s ministry spans more than 20 years), Paul told Timothy that “Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me” (2 Tim. 4:10).
For me personally, and also for the ministry of FES, I do pray and hope that we will not follow the path of Demas. Let Demas’ example be a reminder of what the book of Ecclesiastes says, “The end of a matter is better than its beginning” (Eccl. 7:8, NIV). Similarly, when asking us to remember the leaders, the author of Hebrews advises us to “Consider the outcome of their way of life” (Heb. 13:7, NIV).
In a similar spirit, as the FES Chinese Work (CW) celebrates their 50th Anniversary this year, the theme “傳” is chosen with the intent that we will continue to pass the ministry baton and heritage to the next generation. A celebration over zoom will be carried out on 30 October 2020.
At the same time, I would like to update you on the search for the new GS of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES). The IFES Board has invited Tim Adams to serve as the next IFES GS. Tim has been the Associate GS of IFES since 2015 and we believe he is the right choice to lead IFES. Septi Bukula, the IFES Board Chairperson writes this:
Tim’s heart for IFES ministry and our shared vision to reach students with the good news of Jesus Christ is clear. His role in developing and launching some of our innovative ministry projects in recent years is significant. Tim has been involved extensively in IFES global leadership. He has gained a deep understanding of who we are and has built strong relationships across the Fellowship.
And in the same announcement Tim shares:
Like the servants in Matthew 25:14–30. we have been entrusted by God with an important responsibility, and we want to be commended as “good and faithful” when the Lord returns. As IFES General Secretary this means staying true to the legacy of prayer-fueled, Bible-focused, Christ-centered, locally rooted student ministry which has been the hallmark of IFES for more than 70 years.
I sense a similar sentiment flowing out from the above sharing. We all aspire to remain faithful to the calling that God has entrusted us till the end. With this assurance, we can rest assured that the future of FES and IFES is in the safe hands guarded by God’s faithfulness.
Therefore, I would like to rally you, our dear students, graduates, and partners, following Paul’s example, let us together continue to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7) till the end.
In His grace,