I thank the Lord for the vision of the Overseas Theological Seminary. The primary purpose of the existence of the Seminary both in Hong Kong and in the United States is to train godly servants, fit to serve the Lord as pastors, ministers and missionaries around the world.
After the war,in 1946, I began devoting myself to theological education in Shanghai, China. Half a century has passed with the swiftness of time. I have observed that if theological education is to be profitable for the Church of Christ and to meet the spiritual needs of the people, the primacy of preaching the Word must be stressed. Above all, training in character and in ministerial skills should be on equal ground with academic pursuits.
The need for the churches worldwide is great. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. I count this as our responsibility to train future pastors and spiritual leaders. With this in mind, we have dedicated ourselves to the fulfillment of the Great Commission(Matt.28:19 & 20). By the divine enablement from the Lord of the Harvest, we are striving to meet this goal.
Presently, the seminary is equipped with complete facilities, including a newly expanded library containing an excellent collection. Among the distinctives of the programs are the strong theological curriculum, the outstanding faculty and the dynamic ministry training. Personally I teach some of the classes as well. May the Lord, as we so believe, grant us the strength to reach our goal.
With the Lord's abundant grace, we were able to build the two story annex building, expanding the library and providing extra offices, for the second year of the seminary establishment. Also two adjacent apartment buildings were acquired to be used as the student dormitories. As a result, the total area of the seminary has reached more than 60,000 square feet. This has been in the preparation of meeting our future needs of development.
May the Lord be glorified through these efforts.
Please continue praying for us.
Your Servant in Christ Jesus,
John L. Tsang
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