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Interviews with Tien Fock Leong - Collection 408

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Historical Background or Biography

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
Interviews with Leong, in which he describes his conversion, work with Campus Crusade for Christ in Malaysia, Malaysian culture in the Chinese community and the Malaysian church, and his ministry, also touching on the church/state relationship.
Vol: 3 Reels of Audio Tape

Collection 408 [March 2, 2000]
Leong, Tien Fock; 1957-
Interviews, 1989
3 Reels of Audio Tape


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Full name: Tien Fock Leong

Birth date: September 29, 1957

Birth place: Malaysia

Parents: Traditional Chinese

Conversion: July 1977

Marital Status: Married

Children: 1 Child

Denominational Affiliation: Presbyterian

1981 B.E. (Honors; Civil Engineering) University of Malaya
1989 M.A. Wheaton College Graduate School

Career: 1981-1983 Malaysia Campus Crusade for Christ campus ministry, Philippines and Malaysia
1983-1986 Malaysia CCC, Village Ministry Training Center, Malaysia
1986-1988 Malaysia CCC, Campus Ministry Training Center, Malaysia

Scope and Content

Tien Fock Leong was interviewed by Paul Ericksen on May 4 and 11, 1989, at the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives in Wheaton, Illinois. The time period covered by the interviews is 1957-1989. The boldfaced entries are intended to highlight the topics covered in the interview. The topics discussed are listed in the order in which they were discussed. The list is made from a cassette copy and not the reel-to-reel original.

T1 - side 1
Childhood, parents traditional Chinese, ancestor worship
Conversion in college in Malaysia
Baptism causes separation from family
Call to full-time ministry
Campus Crusade for Christ
On-the-job training for Campus Crusade in the Philippines
Missionaries not welcome in Malaysia
Training workers in churches
Campus Crusade Village Training Center and Campus Training Center
Leong begins new training center
Types of studies
Purpose of training centers
Malaysian churches relationship with CCC
Leong's relationship with his church

T1 - side 2
Overlap from side 1
Leong's work in his home church (continued)
Conflicts between staff members, kinds of conflicts
Stresses of fund-raising, unresponsive ministries, being understaffed
Personal stress of new job, new location, new baby all at once
Administrative structure of Malaysian CCC
Relationship with International CCC
End of T1

T2 - side 1
Advantages and disadvantages to ministry of having family
Strengths and weaknesses of the Malaysian church
Economic and social levels of the church membership, size
House churches, relationship with government
Denominations of missions represented in Malaysia
Pentecostal worship services, typical church service, weekly church activities
Muslims in Malaysia
Problems for Christians in Malaysia, economics
Problems for eldest son in Chinese culture
Student response to the gospel
Typical Chinese family in Malaysia; differences between Chinese and Malaysians
End of T2

T3 - side 1
Holidays in Malaysia: Buddhism, Hindu, Muslim, king's birthday, sultans' birthdays, marriages
Misconceptions of Malaysians by Americans
Chinese culture, intermarriage, economic and political power, economic and social structure
Polarization among races in Malaysia, political parties, political riots
Christians' reputation in Malaysia
Influence of church on culture and politics
Role of women in church dependent on denomination
Parents' remembrances of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia
Christian Federation of Malaysia, National Evangelical Fellowship of Malaysia, Christian Council of Malaysia
Catholic church in Malaysia
Problems concerning the publication and distribution of the Bible in Muslim areas
Church and state in Malaysia

T3 - side 2
Continuation of discussion of church and state
Flexibility of staff position with Campus Crusade
Spiritual lessons learned as staff person with Campus Crusade
End of T3

The audio tapes in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Tien Fock Leong in April 1989.
Accession 89-25, 89-38

November 2, 1995
Janyce H. Nasgowitz

Accession: 89-25, 89-38
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 65 minutes. One side. Interview with Tien Fock Leong by Paul A. Ericksen on April 4, 1989. Discussion of his conversion and work with Campus Crusade for Christ in Malaysia, Malaysian culture, the Chinese community, and the Malaysian church.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 35 minutes. One side. Continuation of April 4, 1989, interview with Leong. Discussion continues on Malaysian church, social and economic conditions, and muslims in Malaysia.

T3 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 60 minutes. One side. Interview with Tien Fock Leong by Paul A. Ericksen on April 11, 1989. Discussion of misconceptions of Malaysia by Americans, various cultures found in Malaysia, role of women in Malaysia, Japanese occupation of Malaysia during World War II, and church and state in Malaysia.

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