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China Christian Council delegation
Members of the China delegation
were the Rev.
Gao Feng, President of ; the ;
; theRev. Bao Jiayuan Associate General Secretary of
;Elder Ou Enlin Deputy Director of the Overseas Relations Department of the China Christian Council and the Three Self Protestant Movement; Ms. Gu Jingqin Secretary of the Overseas Relations Department of CCC/TSPM;
andMs. Wang Xiuling Chief of Protestantism Affairs Section, Second Department, SARA
In February 2009, the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, NCC General Secretary, and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, then NCC President, visited China and affirmed warm ties of fellowship that have continued since 1981 when an NCC delegation visited the People's Republic of China after a 30 year hiatus in communication.
In their discussions in 2009, Kinnamon and Aykazian joined with their Chinese hosts in celebrating "the strong bonds that have developed over the years between our organizations and between the churches in our countries. Signs of this relationship include praying for each other (as during the 2008 earthquake in China), periodic visits, and occasional support for one another's ministries."
A copy of the memo of understanding between the Chinese and U.S. church groups can be downloaded here.
Additional pictures of the May 14 luncheon can be seen here.
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