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Pastor Eliyah Shira
蒙神的祝福，一九八七年的九月Pantego Bible Church答應借給我們使用教會的設施，讓主日下午的崇拜聚會以及星期五晚上的團契活動有了適當的場所，雅城聖經教會就此誕生了。 當時除了林毓麟長老繼續帶領教會外，更蒙神的祝福，從達拉斯神學院(DTS)帶領衪的僕人Don & Annie Espina夫婦來幫助教會兒童及青少年的事工。神也感動李雪桃與陳希真姐妹參與兒童主日學的事工而成爲教會最早的兒童主日學老師。
為著幫助弟兄姐妹靈性的增長，並參與神給信徒的大使命，教會與一九九一年舉辦了第一屆的差傳年會，支持宣教士，並參與全球宣教的事工。教會支持的第一位宣教士是菲律賓的Ms.Deborah Santo Domingo， 從此每年的九月就成爲教會的差傳月！
Arlington Chinese Bible Church History
A group of brothers and sisters in the Lord, after worshipping and serving in churches in the Arlington area for many years, saw the vision of God and desired to start a church to serve non- believing friends and new believers and their families. After much prayer, on a hot Sunday afternoon in July of 1987, they had the first Sunday worship at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Sison. There were about 20-25 people in the first worship service and Rev. Moses Keng and Elder Allen Lim led the worship and Bible study. The core families at the beginning of the church were Mr. and Mrs. Huey and Jenny Lu, Mr. and Mrs. John and Lucien Sison, Drs. Filemon and Shirley Tan, Mr. and Mrs. Ran Huang. Ms. Keng Beng Hui, Dr. and Mrs. Szu Min Lin, Mrs. Keng Tan So Khim, Mr. and Mrs. David and Irene Lau, Mr. Ben Hsieh, and Miss Bernadine Tan.
Through the Lord’s blessing, in September of that year, Pantego Bible Church agreed to let us use their facilities on Sunday afternoons for worship services and Friday nights for fellowship meetings. Arlington Chinese Bible Church (ACBC) was then officially born. While Elder Allen Lim continued to minister and lead the congregation, God also blessed us by sending from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) Mr. and Mrs. Don and Annie Espina to lead the children and youth ministry. Ms. Dao Ly and Ms. Bernadine Tan answered the calling of our Lord and led the children’s Sunday School ministry. They became our first Children’s Sunday School teachers.
A month after the church was officially established, God touched the hearts of a group of seven brothers and sisters and they were baptized in ACBC’s first baptismal worship service in October of 1987. Praise the Lord!
God knew the needs of the church and continued to send His servants to help and minister the church. In January of 1988, Rev. Michael Shen, the principal of Singapore Bible College, while studying at DTS, joined our church and ministered to us. In 1990, Rev. Hing Chai Cheng became ACBC’s first full time pastor.
In order to help the spiritual growth of brothers and sisters and to encourage them to be involved in the great Commission of our Lord, ACBC held the first Mission Conference in 1991. The first missionary ACBC supported was Ms. Deborah Santo Domingo from the Philippines. Since then, September has been the church’s mission month.
As God continued to bless, lead and guide the church, brothers and sisters grew spiritually and the church grew in number. God saw the need of the church to have its own facilities and in April of 1991, through an interest free loan provided by a brother in the church, we purchased a building that had been an Italian restaurant. Under the guidance of Pastor Hing Chai Cheng, the conversion of that property into our current church building began immediately. The renovation of the church was completed in August of 1992 and the new church sanctuary dedication service was held on October 10, 1992. Praise the Lord for blessing us with our own church building! The loan for the building was paid off in three short years through the love and generosity of many brothers and sisters in the church including a sister who gave the remaining balance of the loan.
Since the beginning, God has continued to send His servants to help and to minister His church. The first pastors were Rev. Moses Keng and Elder Allen Lim, followed by Rev. Michael Shen, Rev. Ching Chong Chen, Rev. Patrick Tang, Rev. Hing Chai Cheng, Rev. Chee Chuen Tang, Rev. Pik H. Law and Rev. Eliyah Shira. These servants of God served and ministered church members faithfully.
May our heavenly Father continue to watch over and guide Arlington Chinese Bible Church. May He also help each one of us faithfully obey the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations”.