Challenge Grant to Support China Initiative

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CHICAGO, IL (June 13, 2006) – An anonymous donor has provided a $100,000 challenge grant for each of the five years of “The Great Open Door” initiative to help develop various projects in China.

The Evangelical Covenant Church has committed to raising $1 million over the next five years to partner with the Covenant Church of Taiwan on projects throughout China in areas of education, training for pastors, and church development.

“As the Evangelical Covenant Church responds to this opportunity, we know that lives will be impacted through the people and financial resources that support this vital mission effort,” says Curt Peterson, executive minister of Covenant World Mission.

“Since launching The Great Open Door campaign in February, churches have responded with interest and special giving,” Peterson says. The goal is to raise $200,000 each year from individuals and local churches. “This challenge donation is an added incentive for all of us to give sacrificially,” Peterson notes.

China was the Covenant’s first mission field, beginning in 1890 with Peter Matson and 95 missionaries who served there for 58 years. In January 1948, bandits murdered Covenant missionaries Alik Berg, Esther Nordlund, and Martha Anderson. By December, all missionaries had left.

“We are returning to our roots,” says Donn Engebretson, the Covenant’s executive vice president.

To contribute to the campaign, send checks designated for The Great Open Door initiative to the Evangelical Covenant Church, 5101 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago, IL, 60625. Donations also can be made online at The Great Open Door.

The denomination has produced a number of resources to help local Covenant churches develop their own China initiative emphases, as well as a link for interested individuals to donate online using a major credit card. Also available are links to news stories about the China project and various resources in PDF format. A China video on DVD also is available, along with copies of brochures and posters, by calling the Covenant Resource Center at 800-338-4332. Additional information on the China project also is available by calling 773-907-3316 and visiting this Covenant website at

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