OMF – Challenges for the Church in China

Oversees Missionary Fellowship (OMF) International is a missionary organisation created by James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905). It was called initially China Inland Mission.

A recent article published on the OMF website describes four current challenges for the church in China. THey are:

1. The challenge of rich and poor.

The challenge to the church is how to reach the rural and urban poor. Methodism reached the masses and transformed society in 18th century Britain, but by Victorian times it had often become “respectable” and lost its cutting edge. It would be a tragedy if the Chinese church goes along the same road.

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A Government Mouthpiece Reports on a Missionary Movement | ChinaSource

A Government Mouthpiece Reports on a Missionary Movement | ChinaSource.

This is quite remarkable. An official Chinese journal comments of the dangerous missionary endeavours of Chinese Christians in Muslim countries.

Glen Osborn – What Encourages Making Disciples Among Chinese Scholars in America

China Outreach Ministries (COM) has focused on sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with Chinese for more than fifty-five years. Currently, we are involved in a strategic opportunity with China’s future leaders who are studying at American universities. There are over 300,000 Chinese students and scholars here, and COM has contact with them at fifty-two universities across North America. These top intellectuals are curious about the gospel and are touched by the love they receive from Christians they meet. Many become serious seekers, and some come to faith in Christ. We prayerfully work to prepare them to return to China as faithful and fruitful disciples of Jesus.

Because of this great opportunity, we wanted to discover how God is touching the lives of Chinese intellectuals in the United States and how we can best cooperate with the working of the Spirit. I had the privilege of doing research in this area for a Doctor of Ministry at Columbia International University. The title of my dissertation is “Factors Encouraging or Impeding the Process of Making Disciples Among Chinese Scholars in the United States.” COM staff administered surveys, both online and in person, with over sixty Chinese scholars who came to the United States without faith in Christ and have since become Christians. These Chinese scholars were asked questions regarding what God used in their lives to bring them to faith, what obstacles they encountered, and how Christian workers either helped or impeded the process. Continue reading “Glen Osborn – What Encourages Making Disciples Among Chinese Scholars in America”

China Source – Ten Lessons from the Church in China

China Easter Day

  • God’s ways are not our ways. Before 1949, optimistic China missionaries imagined that, under the most favorable conditions, there would be 15 million Christians in China. God had a different plan. Today, it is several times that number. (Brent Fulton)
  • The true nature of the church. Much of the spectacular growth took place after believers had been stripped of everything we normally associate with church – Bibles, church buildings, denominations, pastors, and trained leaders. What remained was a core group of committed disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, worshiping, fellowshipping, learning, and serving together – the true marks of the church. (Brent Fulton)

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What the Church in China Needs

Map of China's Christians

China might have just exceeded this last month of 2014 the US economy. This fact is bound to also have an impact of the growing Christian community in this most populous country in the world. What does the Church in China need at this particular time in its history. Here are a few suggestions, from ChinaSource.

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Leaders that Last

China’s Christian leaders not only need Biblical and theological education and training in ministry skills; to be effective over the long term they also need ongoing mentoring, and they need to be mentoring others. Personal soul care is necessary so that they might remain strong and have the spiritual resources to minister to those whom they lead. Continue reading “What the Church in China Needs”

Inside China’s Secret Churches: How Christians Practice Their Faith Under An Atheist Government

Inside China’s Secret Churches: How Christians Practice Their Faith Under An Atheist Government.

You have to read this. It might motivate you to pray more earnestly for the persecuted Christians in China.

China’s Nobel Nominee Lawyer Released After Three Years

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Geng He, wife of imprisoned Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng,
speaks at a press conference. ‎January‎ ‎18‎, ‎2011(Nina Lincoff/Medill News Service / Flickr / Creative Commons)

Prominent defender of persecuted Christians, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Gao Zhisheng was released from prison last week after his most recent three-year sentence. But doubt remains over whether he will be allowed to leave the country to be with his family in the United States.

Zhisheng, 50, is a Christian lay leader as well as a Beijing-based lawyer. He came to prominence for defending activists and religious minorities before Chinese authorities closed down his law practice in 2005, and arrested him for ‘subversion’ a year later, a charge that is often used by China against government critics. Continue reading “China’s Nobel Nominee Lawyer Released After Three Years”