Chan Kei Thong to speak at local events Tuesday

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 11, 2013 

Jerry Scarborough calls Chan Kei Thong "an incredible witness for his faith."

Thong, a native of Singapore and longtime resident of China, will speak at two local functions on Tuesday.

Scarborough, a CPA in Phenix City, leads the Christian ministry MorningStar International, which is sponsoring Thong's visit.

Thong recently stepped down as CEO of Leadership Development International, a position he held for 22 years.

He is a co-founder of the company that is a character-centered educational services company providing executive coaching and leadership training.

It operates schools in China and the Middle East.

Thong is an accomplished author. His works include the books "Faith of Our Fathers" and "Finding God in Ancient China."

He was interviewed by "Fox News" as an expert on the topic of Christianity in China.

Thong's first appearance here will be at Central Baptist Church on Broad Street in Phenix City. His talk, "Give Me China or I Die," will discuss faith in China.

There will be a buffet catered by Miles to Go beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The program starts at noon.

It will also feature the singing of Markus Hammonds.

The price is $8. Seniors get in for $7.

Thong will also attend an event at Evangel Temple on Veterans Parkway in Columbus at 6:30 p.m. Finger foods will be available.

Scarborough said Thong's talk, "The End Game," will focus on what God is doing in places such as Asia and the Middle East to fulfill what has been proclaimed in the scriptures.

Scarborough said there is no admission charge but donations will be accepted.

Reservations are not required for either event but are desired.

Those interested in getting information about Thong's appearance should call 334-480-2080 or email jscpa@att.net.

Scarborough has long been a fan of Thong.

He has visited two of the two schools operated by Leadership Development International and said he has been very impressed with both.

He said he won't ever forget his first meeting with Thong.

Scarborough wrote to the followers of his ministry about that meeting. It was in September 2005.

At the time Thong was leading a group on a tour of the "Temple of Heaven" in Beijing. The group of buildings represents the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China.

Scarborough said that in that location is the "Circular Mound Altar" where ancient emperors would pray. At the center is a stone called the "Center of Heaven Stone" where ancient emperors would offer a sacrifice to heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice.

Amongst some 250 Chinese tourists and many Chinese soldiers, Thong stood on the stone and shouted "Bless the Lord O My Soul, Bless His Holy Name," Scarborough said. He said that Thong smiled as he declared the word of the Lord.

"The man's quoting from a book representing a God that China says doesn't exist. That stance was something I will never forget," Scarborough said. "People should not miss the chance to hear him speak."

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