History of the CEM Church in Oradell, New Jersey
Since a sister had mentioned to Evangelist Sorina Chang (Evangelist in charge of the Pearl River Church i.e. ECMSI in Pearl River, New York) that there were many Chinese in Bergen County of New Jersey who needed the Gospel, she asked if the Evangelist could start a Bible Study class there. After various considerations and praying incessantly, Evangelist Chang beseeched God to give her a sign. That was, if she could find a church to be used of God, a Bible Study class would be arranged to commence. If she could not find a church, then this would not be God’s leading. Therefore sister Lin and the Evangelist started looking for a church. Along Kinderkamack road there were three churches. In the end, God had prepared our current church, which is the Annunciation Church. At the same time, through the words of this Church’s pastor Rev. Archie, this enabled us to further prove our belief that this was God’s leading since he said to the Evangelist, “Go, bring people into this Church!” Thank the Lord! With God’s blessings, we started in January, 2013 a Bible Study class in Oradell, NJ.
After over a year of Bible Study, we discovered if we did not start having church worship, the ministry work would not last long. Therefore we submitted our application to the American Annunciation Church to grant us use of their facility for our Sunday worship…At the same time, another Korean church also submitted a rental application to use their facility and grounds. The Koreans put in an offer of $1,800 per month, which was very high rent. When Rev. Archie told Evangelist Chang the situation, she was completely taken aback, since we could not afford to pay such exorbitantly high rent. We could only pray for the Lord’s mercy. Rev. Archie also requested Evangelist Chang to attend their church’s board meeting which was held in May. Evangelist Chang accepted his invitation and participated. During the meeting, Evangelist Chang told them about our organization, our vision and burden of the Gospel, at the same time clearly telling them the amount of rent we could afford to pay was $600.00. The Board of Vestry meeting that day lasted over an hour and then we departed.
On the following day which was Wednesday in the evening when we normally held our Bible Study and prayer meeting there, as soon as Evangelist Chang stepped into the church, Rev. Archie waved his hands to her and said,” Congratulations! Our Board, the Board of Vestry had decided to let you all stay…”
Evangelist Chang was totally dumbfounded! Even though the rent was raised to $830.00 per month, in the end they decided to let us use their church Hall, sanctuary and chapel, while rejecting the application of the Korean church. This is indeed God’s work of wonders! Truly thankful to our Lord! What God had opened the way for us, no one could block or deter. Hence on the first day of June, 2013, CEMC in Oradell, NJ commenced its first Sunday worship.
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then smith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborer are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborer into his harvest.”
Gospel of Matthew 9:36-38