By Nha Long Xiong
Church visitation by the Headquarter Men & Women Dept.
The purpose of the Headquarter Men Department’s visiting, in other words, is to strengthen the spiritual lives of faith of the members of the local LEC congregation of Christ, to have fellowship time together, to provide ways to determine the precise needs of the congregation, to establish a meaningful relationship between the Headquarter Men Department and the local congregation.
Starting about two years ago, the Headquarter Men Department had set its ultimate vision, aim for church visitation of the local LEC churches Men Department in California, Nevada, and Utah. It was a big accomplishment and great success for the Headquarter Men Dept.
For this year, both of the Headquarter Men & Women Department will continue the historical church visitation legacy. This is no small task. It certainly requires a lot of dedication, transportation, energy, financial, and some good planning in conjunction with churches.
To begin with, for this year, the Headquarter Men Department had its first already visitation at Marysville church on Sunday, January 18, 2015, follows by Stockton and Sacramento church on Sunday, February 15, 2015.
This past weekend, the Headquarter Men & Women Department visited Merced and Modesto church. The members of both the local LEC congregations were overtly friendly and welcome the Men & Women Headquarter Board officers warmly. We have truly found most churches we visited always to be of that kind.
With the first day of visitation to Merced church on Saturday, March 21, 2015, everyone had a great fellowship time together. Everyone sang hymns of praise to the Lord, and then split up the men and women into groups of two.
For the men’s group, our newly ordained Pastor Paul Chang’s topic of teaching was about “The Lost Sheep.” Prior to his teaching, the men were divided into a smaller group of three that consisted of four or five elders. He asked each of the group to construct a creative project idea about the Good Shepherd. Astonishingly, we found all groups were very creative.
For the ladies, Nam K.L. Losthongsanh Mouanoutoua taught on the topic of the disciple Simon Peter.
On Sunday, March 22, 2015 was the second day of visitation for Modesto churches. It was a beautiful day to praise & worship the Lord. Starting out Sunday school with the separation of the men, women, and youth, everyone prayed and sang hymns of praise to God. Bible teachings were taught to the men on the topic of Commitment by K.L. Nha Long Xiong and the Apostle Paul to the ladies by Nam K.L. Losthongsanh Mouanoutoua. For the Sunday service, K.L. Zaam Nkaub Yang, Chairperson for the Headquarter Men Department, gave a sermon on “We have all we need, therefore, make every effort to grow in Jesus.”
The Headquarter Men & Women Department ended their weekend visitation to both Merced and Modesto churches with great joy, praise & worship, the Word of God, fellowship, and the authentic Hmong food.