We give thanks that The United Church of Canada answered an invitation from Mission & Service partner The China Christian Council to witness together and accompany one another in God’s mission. The group of 22 United Church people from across Canada saw first-hand the experience of the Chinese church.

Moderator Jordan Cantwell led the delegation. “This visit opens a window for deepened church-to-church engagement and presents an opportunity for the United Church to understand China through encounters with Chinese Christians,” she said. The visit also recognized the existing partnership between our churches, building on a long history of mission and ministry together in China. It was another step in continuing our faithful journeys toward unity, justice, and peace.

Delegates saw the blessings of the church in China and the challenges it is addressing. They shared from their unique perspective the challenges and opportunities of the United Church.

“We return with the friendship and blessing of the Chinese church and a deepened commitment to sharing God’s great works in our diverse and varied Canadian contexts,” said participant Betsy Anderson.

We sing thanksgiving that Mission & Service helps build relationship and partnership for God’s mission of justice and peace.

If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!

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