Dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ across the Asia Pacific region,
It is with a heart of great thanksgiving and gratitude to God that I have been called to greet you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as your newly elected President, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation.
I am much humbled and honored by God that He should give me this privilege. “Transforming Lives in Christ across the Asia Pacific Region!” is what God has laid upon my heart. I believed that Asia still has many who have not heard the Gospel of our Glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Especially when 82% in the 10/40 window live in this region. With China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and many populous countries here coupled with Australia, until and unless Christ transforms our lives through the power and enabling of the Holy Spirit, from the inside out, we can never feel His heartbeat and do His work in joyful obedience to reach the billions in our neighbourhood!
Let us pray for a country in our region every day as we flip through the Operation World book and trust God to use us as His agents for transformation. I will ask our new General Sectretary, Rev. Dr. Vee Tetseo to come out with a calendar so that together we can pray for the same country everyday. Let us join hands and hearts together as we put our heads to plan and strategize how we can present the Gospel truth to everyone living here. Men may plan, but it is the Lord who directs our paths! “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3). I look forward to serving Christ with you in the next many more years to come. The work is so great that no one church, group of churches, denomination or even all the denominations can do. It is an unfinished task but we need to trust God to win one soul at a time. Every soul is an eternal being who is precious in God’s sight and whom Christ came to die for! I look forward to being with you at your Convention meetings, pastoral and leadership conferences and whenever God brings our paths together. In the last three years, I had the privilege of being with many of you in many cities and I look forward to visiting every country in our region.
I also want to thank God for the wonderful leaders He had brought into the APBF Exco as well as our new General Secretary whom I am sure God will empower and use mightily for His glory! APBF is now registered in Singapore and come 2nd February 2018 (Friday) at 8.00 pm, we will be having our inaugural service at Calvary Baptist Church, Singapore.
Together, let us serve the Asia Pacific region together and exalt His holy name!
A fellow pilgrim in this sacred journey,
Rev. Edwin Lam
President, Asia Pacific Baptist Federation
Senior Pastor, New Life Baptist Church, Singapore