At the beginning of 2006, a group of brothers and sisters in Christ were dining at Birmingham (Midlands UK). They noticed, firstly, that a lot of overseas Chinese were living in Birmingham as well as the surrounding areas, and wondered how many of them had heard the salvation messages of the Gospel, and secondly, there were only two Chinese Congregations in Birmingham City Centre; namely, Birmingham Chinese Methodist Church and Birmingham Chinese Evangelical Church. Knowingly, a very large majority of the Chinese people have not received Christ yet, so one sister said: “They are like lost sheep that went astray without the Shepherd”. And at that moment, the small group of brothers and sisters responded to God’s calling to be His witnesses and to spread the gospel to the unreached Chinese people by winning them to Christ.
Matthew 28:19 ‘Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:’
Since that day’s dinner gathering, they had been praying earnestly in order to seek God’s will and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, so in April 2006, they started a home Bible study group with 7 to 8 people and supports were given by a Missionary Joe Tam (from oversea who lives in London) and Elder Min Hoi Wong.
While the number of people attending the Bible study group increased over 10 with 2 faith-seekers turned to Christ, they started praying for a church venue so that they can also have Sunday worship services. Two months later, they contacted Harborne Methodist Church and by the Grace of God a small church venue was opened up for them in Harborne to conduct Sunday worship services. They were so thankful for what God had prepared for them. 1 Corinthians 2:9 ‘But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.’