Social Concern 2021 Report
World Vision Global 6K for Water
This was the second year we participated in the World Vision Global 6K for Water. The event took place on May 22 at different locations hosted by our member churches. Although we were still in the midst of a pandemic, the number of participants and collected donations significantly increased from last year. There were 457 registered runners/walkers among all FECA teams, and $62,832 was raised. These funds could provide clean water for 1,257 people for an entire year.
Los Angeles has a very rich history of early immigrant settlement. Life stories from the past provide powerful lessons for social concerns. We are organizing walking tours to enrich this kind of hands-on learning experience. Besides the popular Downtown Los Angeles Power Tour, the one we conducted this year on September 11 was a visit to the Great Wall of Los Angeles mural in the San Fernando Valley. Most of our Social Concern Committee members took part in this activity. It is our hope that they are equipped to organize similar tours for their church groups in the future.
Response to Anti-Asian Hate Incidents
The Chinese community had not been proactive in responding to racism until the surge of anti-Asian hate incidents this year. We drafted a statement expressing our solidarity with victims of racism, while proclaiming, from a biblical perspective, our stance against all forms of racism. This statement has been posted on the FECA website (https://www.feca.org/feca-statement-on-anti-asian-attack). To further our involvement in this cause, we have been connecting with other Christian AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) organizations as part of a collective effort.
Empowering Member Churches
The main goal of our ministry is to cultivate awareness of social concern among our member churches, based on biblical teachings. We aim to empower each member church to initiate their own ministry serving the needs of their local communities. We are glad to see that many member churches have taken active steps in serving their neighborhoods during the pandemic: providing community care, organizing blood drives and vaccination events, ministering to new immigrants, etc.