To show care for pastors, a ministry in Xiapu County, Ningde, Fujian held the second “Love Pastors” festival.
In the "Shepherd's Home" event initially held by believers on October 10, Rev. Deng Lingyong, Chairman and President of Xiapu County CC&TSPM, affirmed the many actions the ministry has done to care for pastors since its establishment last year, especially caring for them during the epidemic, Xiapu CC&TSPM said.
During the conversation, Rev. Deng shared the title of Acts 14:15, "Friends, Why Are You Doing This? We Too Are Only Human, Like You!" Since pastors are also human, there are also many weaknesses and temptations, so care and consideration are needed. Rev. Deng emphasized that a believer who truly loves the Lord should also love the pastor of his church. Finally, he also called on believers to communicate with the pastor, listen to them, and lend a helping hand in times when the pastor is in need.
Pastor Chen Anhua, a pastor from Xiapu who works in Tianan Church in Fuzhou, was also invited to preach. He encouraged pastors to learn to be like Jesus because Jesus is a good shepherd and an example for all pastors. Quoting the verses of 1 Peter 5:2-4, he exhorted them to be shepherds of God’s flock that is under their care, watching over them — not because they must, but because they are willing, as God wants them to be. He encouraged them not to pursue dishonest gain, but eager to serve or not to lord it over those entrusted to them, but to be examples to the flock.
Nearly 100 pastors participated in games and interaction part of the event to relax their minds and bodies.
- Translated by Luke Leo