Ernie Heimbach, head of the USCWM Division of Mission Strategy, spent 7 weeks in northeast Thailand in both Khmer Rouge and also Hmong settlements. He reports that a great breakthrough has occurred among the Cambodians 20, 000 coming to Christ in the last three months. There are more Christians in refugee camps in Thailand than there were in all of Cambodia before the war. The Hmong group has a solid Christian nucleus which may have a very significant role to play should the plans for resettlement in Guyana take place. More about the latter is to be found in Christianity Today March 7th, but other news next time.
The annual meeting of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Association was held here in Los Angeles March 3 6 in conjunction with the National Association of Evangelicals of which it is a related organization. The EFMA represents 81 agencies sending 9, 000 missionaries to 83 countries. Dr. Wade Coggins, executive director of the EFMA, reported what he felt to be the issues needing continued and increased attention in the next few years. First on his list was the "Unreached Peoples," deriving no doubt from the theme of the EFMA Executives Retreat last September. In this connection both MARC of World Vision and the USCWM were mentioned by name.
NACOCE This Year
The Chinese are coming! On June 23 28, 400 Chinese church leaders will congregate on the USCWM campus for their tn annual NACOCE (N. American Congress of Chinese Evangelicals) meeting. The theme: "For My Kinsmen's Sake" referring to the massive unreached Chinese peoples. Dr. Danny Yu of the Chinese World Mission Center on the USCWM campus will be participating as well as directing on campus a summer school program designed for Americans headed for China.