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ISAAC 2009 Lenten Devotional now available!

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment
Road of Suffering, Road to Glory: Lenten Devotional 2009

Road of Suffering, Road to Glory: Lenten Devotional 2009

According to Wikipedia, Lent is the forty-day-long liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. The forty days represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where according to the Bible he endured temptation by Satan. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer—through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial—for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We at ISAAC are delighted to make available to you our 2009 Lenten Devotional, edited by Rev. Dr. Johnson Chiu, Director of ISAAC’s Equipping and Resource Center. This devotional was written by Asian American English ministry leaders and pastors in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

To download a free pdf version (without the cool looking cover) or to purchase a hard copy ($5.70 + s/h), click this link.

You can also sign up to receive an email of each day’s devotional beginning Ash Wednesday (Feb. 25, 2009) through Easter Sunday (Apr. 12, 2009) below. But sign up soon – Ash Wednesday is only a week away! CLICK LINK BELOW:

ISAAC Youth Summer Internship – Metro New York City

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Calling Chinese American Youth into Ministry (Deadline April 1, 2009)

Program Summary

There is an overwhelming need for clergy to lead the second generation, English language ministries of immigrant Chinese churches.  Few from this generation go into ministry, many opt ing instead for high salaried professional careers at the urging of their parents.

In order to help Chinese congregations in the tri-state New York metropolitan area nurture a culture of call, a summer internship program will be offered for college and high school youth who are considering full-time vocational ministry.  Successful applicants will serve in their respective churches and be mentored by a team consisting of a pastoral staff member, a lay leader and the ISAAC staff person who will coordinate the project.

At the end of the internship, there will be a worship service centered on the theme of calling at each participating church.  Congregations will take an initial step toward becoming a calling congregation by committing human and financial resources to this project.

Program Description

  • Summer internships jointly funded by ISAAC and the church.  High School students to serve for six weeks (July 1 to mid-August, 2009) in various ministry capacities at their respective churches; college students for eight weeks (mid-June to mid-August). The stipend is calculated at minimum wage for 35 hours or $250 per week.  For high school interns, this would be $1,500 for 6 weeks; for college students, $2,000 for 8 weeks.  Three-fourths of the stipend will be funded by ISAAC in the first year, one-fourth by the church.
  • An English Ministry pastoral staff member will oversee the work and mentor the youth for the summer.  A learning covenant between the two will serve as the basis for their working relationship.
  • Lay mentor from the church; learning covenant between the two.
  • ISAAC staff will coordinate the entire project and meet with all the interns.  The interns will gather as a cohort to receive guidance, eat, pray, fellowship with and support each other.
  • Hospitality team from the church to host the intern for various meals.
  • End of summer service where the intern and mentoring team will share about calling with the congregation.
  • Written testimony about the summer experience from the intern, to be translated into Chinese for the entire congregation.
  • End of summer banquet/evaluation for all the mentoring teams.

Download Summer Internship Application (Deadline April 1, 2009)

For more information:

ISAAC Project Coordinator: Rev. Andrew Lee, Ph.D.
Phone: 718 317-7930
Email Dr. Andrew Lee

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