Posted by: Pulelehua on Sat, Feb 11, 2006
China Service Ventures, CSV, in Henan, ChinaRev Paul Martinson and Ida Marie Martinson, gave presentations about recent missionary activities in a remote rural region in central China, at a supper on 5 Feb 2005 hosted by the Missions Team. The supper was attended by about 20 people,.
The Rev Martinson was born in China, and is a retired teacher from Luther Seminary in Minnesota [Pastor Mason and Yukio Hamada have both had him as a teacher]. Mrs. Martinson had been a faculty member at the School of Nursing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
China Service Ventures, CSV, was founded in honor of Rev Martinson’s aunt, Cora Martinson, to foster relations of Christian groups in the United States with people in China.
The Martinson’s showed us a very moving video about the work CSV was doing in 18 villages in the populous but impoverished rural regions around XinYang, Henan Province.
CSV has been giving scholarships to children unable to afford school, donating milk supplements for the children, stocking school libraries, teaching English, and addressing the health needs of the village communities. CVS is also sponsoring art exchanges between several Sunday schools in Lutheran Churches in America, with the children in these villages.
The video included statements by local villagers, expressing thanks to CSV, and promising to take full advantage of the educational opportunities opened to them by CSV.
Rev. Martinson explained how CSV worked discretely to gain the confidence and approval of the local authorities, for permission to provide educational and other services.
CSV has also sponsored week-long intensive Bible Study Courses for aspiring lay leaders in this region, which has a pressing need for ordained ministers.
Mrs. Martinson described how CSV was teaming up with Chinese Nurse-volunteers to assess the health status of these villagers, promote preventive health measures, and to establish essential health facilities for them.
Following the successful establishment of these programs, many other neighboring villages are requesting help from CSV.
Also, Pastor Simon Lee of the Chinese Lutheran Church of Honolulu spoke about his visit to Henan, and requested help with rebuilding funds for the recently demolished uninhabitable NanGuang Church in XinYang, the first Lutheran church built in China. It has a congregation of 3,000, obliged currently to meet outdoors, even in Winter.
At the supper meeting, we were given a strikingly graphic appreciation of the challenges facing those striving to help the Chinese, and the physical and political obstacles which have to be overcome, in order to bring Jesus’ Good News to the many Chinese who have no knowledge about Him.
Guests at the supper included Rev. Don and Mrs. Nelson, former missionaries in Sabah, East Malaysia. They have recently retired to Kaneohe, and are new members of St. John’s Church.
Ted Hsia, Chairman, Mission Team