PASTOR DENNIS BALCOMBE
|Dennis Balcombe was born and raised in California and found the Lord
at the age of sixteen. Upon graduation from high school he attended the
Assemblies of God Southern California Bible College. He was later
drafted into the US army and sent to Vietnam where he served for one
year. Since committing his life to Christ in 1961, he felt a strong call
to China. In 1967, well on leave from his duties in Vietnam, he visited
Hong Kong. This was during the height of the Cultural Revolution, which
had spilled over into Hong Kong with rioting in the streets. In spite of
this hopeless looking situation, Dennis felt strongly that the Lord
would have him come back to Hong Kong and prepare a ministry to bless
In April of 1969, Dennis was discharged from the army and returned to Hong Kong. He was single at this time and immersed himself in the culture by moving into an area where there were no other foreigners. Within 8 months he had learned enough Cantonese to start a church. He remains the pastor of this church now, more than three decades later.
Revival Christian Church began in the old section of Hong Kong where there was much opposition to Christianity. The Lord blessed the work of the church and after two years nearly 100 people had found the Lord. At the end of two years, Pastor Dennis returned to the USA and married Kathy Biffell, who as the daughter of American missionaries, had been raised in Thailand. They have since had two children; both born, raised and educated in Hong Kong. Sharon, who is now also a full time missionary to Hong Kong and China (being fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin and English) and Michael who also lives and works in Hong Kong. Sharon married Samuel Lau, a Chinese preacher, in April 1995 at Revival Church and they have two children.
|Revival church continued to grow and later moved to Kowloon. In
addition to student ministry, Dennis faithfully kept the China vision
before the church. For years, other than smuggling a few Bibles into the
then closed “Red China” the workers could only pray and fast, trusting
that this great nation would one day open. That day came in 1978 through
the “Open Doors Policy” and Dennis was on one of the first tours allowed
into China. Since then he has made over 500 trips into Mainland China.
Since 1988 Dennis was deeply involved in teaching the house church leaders. He previously traveled into Mainland China, usually to the same areas that the China Inland Mission missionaries went, to conduct co-worker meetings. Dennis and his co-workers would minister to several hundred preachers for up to 12 hours daily, several days in a row. Though Dennis feels that the Spiritual level of the Chinese church is high and he feels there is not much he or anyone from the outside can impart to these leaders, he testifies that they are humble and hungry for God. They want to learn from the Word of God and are open to any anointed ministry.
One of the main ministries of Revival Christian Church has been to provide Bibles and teaching materials to the tens of thousands of unregistered house churches that are scattered across China. Each year, thousands of people from around the world, have come to participate in the ministry of “Donkeys for Jesus” and have assisted in successfully bringing over 8 million Bibles and other books into China. This work continues today and each month thousands of bibles and teaching materials are brought into China and delivered into the hands of the house church leaders.
Revival Christian Church has grown to over 700 members, with several branch churches and ministry outreaches. RCC was previously active in the Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong (these camps have now been closed) and has since sent teams to minister in Vietnam. There are also several other ministries that have made RCC their covering church and from here they minister to several Asian nations and to the many non-Han Chinese nationalities in China. The church also has missionaries in Japan and supports several Chinese evangelists.
In his travels Dennis has seen God perform many miracles and has gathered first hand accounts of New Testament type miracles, including the raising of the dead. He has also experienced the suffering of the Chinese church as he himself has been detained and imprisoned by the Chinese authorities. Several of his Chinese co-workers have received long prison sentences for there work as itinerant pastors and there part in Bible distribution. Some have also been martyred for their faith during the past years.
Pastor Dennis and his church are committed to Hong Kong and the Chinese people and this remains unchanged even since Hong Kong reverted to the sovereignty of China in 1997. The ministry has continued and blossomed to this very date and we believe the doors to China will continue to open much more than they already have.
Since the early 1990’s Dennis and some of his team have been heavily involved in ministry, teaching, evangelism, outreach and church planting in many nations. They spend several months of each year traveling to nations such as India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, France, Italy, Germany, Brazil, United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, Romania, and several other nations.
Through the work of Revival Chinese Ministries International (RCMI) Pastor Dennis ministry has expanded to many nations around the world and several offices have been established overseas. These offices share a common vision, to strengthen the local churches, with a focus on the Chinese community and a passion to see all peoples come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.