When my fiancé and I first started looking for a home church, we had different ideas about what we were looking for. She wanted a diverse church with a sense of family and the potential to grow and connect with young professionals like us. I was looking for a place to grow in my faith and my understanding of the nuts and bolts of being a Christian. We both expected that only one of us would get exactly what we were looking for and the other would have to compromise. Then we found the Chinese Bible Church of Oak Park. From day one, we were part of the family. On our first day we were invited to the Friday Team meeting at a member's house for a night of bible study, fellowship and some socializing. The church made available to us the fellowship and spiritual growth that we needed as a couple and as individuals. As we grew in faith, we were both baptized at CBCOP. As we grew closer together, we were married at CBCOP. And as we grew as a family, all three of kids were dedicated at CBCOP. One of the most difficult parts for us moving to Chicago was that we had no family in the area. After 23 years, we have more family then we could have ever hoped for.
I've grown up here at CBC. I have been through the children's church and youth group. So if I had to describe CBC in one word, it's "family".
I have always had a strong sense of family here. I truly consider everyone a brother, sister, auntie or uncle and people I can grow
and serve with.
After graduating from college, I knew I wanted to serve a caring community. I was able to find that at CBC. There are tremendous amounts of opportunities to serve and develop your gifts here. I never thought I would be serving in the many ways I am now. I am grateful that I was encouraged to do so by many caring leaders and that I'm growing in so many new ways. I know that God is working in all of us to help each other grow here.