Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) is Asia’s oldest ecumenical organization which draws its membership from nearly 100 churches and 15 national councils from 19 countries. It brings together member churches and councils for seminars and conferences to equip and nurture them to go back to their countries and engage in God’s mission.
Every five years CCA holds its General Assembly and gathers more than 300 members to celebrate life, discuss and set policy to re-enact God’s mission in Asia. CCA held its 13th General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur from April 14-21, 2010. Necta Montes Rocas, Immanuel Kitnan and Sunita Suna from the World Student Christian Federation - Asia-Pacific region attended the 13th GA of CCA as ecumenical partners
The theme of the Assembly is: Called to Prophesy, Reconcile and Heal. This is an appropriate theme and has to be reflected upon and wrestled with in light of complex and conflicting Asian realities. God’s call to people to prophesy, reconcile and to be a healing community is a tremendous challenge and a call to a costly discipleship. Very often the voice of prophecy is ignored and the prophets are marginalized or expelled from churches. This type of attitude towards prophets was there during the biblical times and prevails until now.
Reconciliation and healing are understood in the bible as ways to mend broken and distorted relationships and building up community and relationships anew. Hence, reconciliation is not an artificial fixation of relationships or putting things right and allowing the status quo to prevail. Reconciliation looks at a transformation of the present which involves addressing root causes in order to bring about authentic and lasting renewal. The “peace” which Paul speaks about in Romans 5:1, 11 is certainly peace with God. But, it also involves transformation of human relationships and building of a just community. The radical peace which Paul speaks of is rooted in the idea of Jesus the Christ breaking down all forms of barriers and walls of hostility (Eph. 2:14). An integral part of the reconciliation involves a process of healing of the body mind and spirit of the human person on the one hand, and at the same time it also involves healing of broken relationships, communities and nations. The role of the Holy Spirit in this entire process of prophesying, reconciling and healing is to empower people and the entire creation to move towards the realization of reconciliation, healing and wholeness.
Finally, what is entailed in reconciliation and healing is rooted in the story of Jesus of Nazareth. Reconciliation is rooted and flows out of Jesus’ birth, passion, death, resurrection and ascension.
The assembly theme is a reminder as well as a call to the churches in Asia to respond to God’s call and engage in prophetic, reconciling and healing ministries without counting the cost.