Mitzie Mackenzie, a pioneer urban missionary in Philadelphia Chinatown, passed away at the age of 88
Ms. Mitzie Mackenzie, a pioneer urban missionary of Philadelphia Chinatown, passed away on May 28, 2009 at the age of 88. Mitzie began her faithful service conducting English and Bible study classes, and helped Chinese immigrants to transition to their new country. Working with NGOs and Chinese Americans in Philadelphia, she was actively involved in the transformation of the Chinatown neighorhood, once considered a "red light district”, but now a new home with quality social and housing services. Mitzie served as the Center Director of the Chinese Christian Church and Center (CCC&C) in Philadelephia, nurturing hundreds of young Chinese Americans who now provide leadership to the church and the community.
Mitzie is a modern saint who put her faith into action. Her spirit has passed on to the next generations who continue the commitment to the spreading of the Gosepl and urban transformation.
The mission work in Philadelphia Chinatown began in June 1942, under a joint effort of the American Baptist Churches (USA), the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical and Reformed denomination (presently United Church of Christ), the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA). CCC&C became self-supporting in early 1985. In addition to the community service, the church has four congregations worshipping in three locations every Sunday. The church also supports mission work in several countries.
The funeral service will be held at CCC&C 1101 Vine Street campus at 9 am. The viewing will be from 8 to 9 am. The Graveside service will be held at 11:30 am in the Forest Hills Cemetery, Huntingdon Valley.
* Maribelle Mackenzie; helped immigrants http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20090528_M__Mackenzie__helped_immigrants.html
* The community of Chinese Christian Church & Center will deeply miss Mitzie.