On April 8, 2017 I became the second woman among Chinese churches in Texas to be ordained into the pastorate. What a privilege and blessing to have West Houston Chinese Church confirm my longstanding calling into pastoral ministry, consecrate this calling to be set apart, commission me into leadership and commend me as an approved worker of Christ worthy of trust and respect. After 11 years on staff, it was worth the wait!
One thing I learned through this process is that dying to oneself is part of the Easter calling we must carry throughout the year. For when there’s death in Christ, what must follow is resurrection. I thank God I did not quit; I would not have learned to persevere. The Scriptures instruct, “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus…who for the joy set before him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Having received God’s call to shepherd his flock, I experienced the range of emotions regarding the prohibition of women’s ordination in my church – frustration, anger, discouragement, hopelessness. Yet, did not Jesus face the most egregious injustice of all time? Nevertheless, he obediently took on the sins of humanity for the joy of reconciliation with our heavenly Father. Resurrection came on that third day and oh was it a glorious moment when Jesus sent Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James to tell the apostles he has risen from the dead!
Our – not just my - resurrection moment came last week: a celebration of one more church stepping into the light. May we together have hope that our perseverance through trials and running faithfully the course marked out for us will be commended in due time.