Welcome by Pastor Fatu Auau
Current SEAPI President and Pastor at Emanuelu Church, Fountain Valley, CA
With joy and hope in my heart, I wish to welcome all SEAPI churches and friends to our new website!
This website serves as a unifying bridge over the distances and ethnic cultures that separate us. As ethnic churches, we are grateful to have been called into God’s family and be partners in the Gospel through the grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As SEAPI, our shared goal is to strengthen the unity, faith, fellowship and missional commitment we have in Christ.
I invite and urge all of us to work together so that through this website we can demonstrate God’s sovereign love
and works of grace in our churches, communities and in our homelands.
May our Triune God be glorified by our love, joy, hope and faithfulness in the work of the Gospel.
About SEAPI CRCs
SEAPI stands for South-East Asian & Pacific Islands Churches affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Previous to this, the group was called Asian Planning Group and later Asian-American Pastoral Ministry peer learning group (CRC-Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program: read Banner article here). In June 2007, the growing group of churches adopted the SEAPI name to enfold the many ethnicities among us from the Southeast Asian & Pacific Islands region. Fifty-five pastors, elders, deacons, women, and youth leaders came from this community of churches: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Pakistani, Samoan, Thai, and Vietnamese.
About the Background Photo
Taken in 2007, the photo shows those who attended the First SEAPI Leadership Summit Conference held at Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, MI. A few had gone to be with the Lord while others had continued ministries in their homelands. The majority of these attendees continue serving in leadership positions in CRCs in the US and Canada. What's missing in this photo are the many other SEAPI CRCs that had emerged since.
We will update this photo as we welcome them into SEAPI.
About Our New Website
With some forty SEAPI churches in the United States and Canada, it is our goal to connect with each other through this website. Open map here to see where SEAPI CRCs are currently located. The different pages on this website will gradually be filled with information from our churches. By maintaining this online "living" storybook showing God's work of grace among us, we hope to increase awareness, shared missional passion, and active partnerships in growing more and healthier SEAPI CRCs. To complement this website, we will also launch a Facebook Group. Remember this is a "living" online platform.
And so we wish to hear your feedback/ideas for improvement as we go along.