China

One day I was on the bus going to teach English.  We made a left hand turn and suddenly there in the middle of the road was a dead body.  You could tell she was a DOT street sweeper by her uniform and large bamboo broom laying near by.  To my surprise, a fellow DOT worker was just a few feet away sweeping the street as if the lifeless body was not even there.  There seemed to be no concern for the now dead co-worker, no compassion in his eyes, no sadness for the loss of a co-worker, he just went on like nothing was there, jut a pile of cells now void of life.  What  causes this type of reaction or behavior that is so cold to life and death?  I believe that there are several reasons for this kind of reaction or behavior to the death of a fellow human being.

Humanism is taught and has been taught for decades in schools and universities across China.  It has almost removed the God-consciousness in the hearts of the Chinese people.   Atheism is the State religion and has permeated every aspect of life from birth to death.  The knowledge of God has been so repressed and suppressed that it is common to hear Chinese people say I believe and trust only in myself when asked what do you believe in.  Because of the teachings of communism and evolution there is a great spiritual vacuum in China that has created a spiritual desert in the hearts of the Chinese people.

Two more obstacles are the misunderstanding of sin and the lack of forgiveness.  The Chinese strive to accomplish the impossible task of making themselves good.  They believe that man will do good because human nature is ultimately good.  Without the Bible the Chinese people misunderstand the truth about sin and how man is born with a sinful nature.  Mencius, a Chinese philosopher, taught this as well and it has deeply impacted the Chinese while communism re-enforced this idea that man is good.  The Chinese hold up endurance and tolerance as virtues, but, there is a drought and famine of forgiveness.  There is no forgiveness in the Chinese culture.  The Chinese are enslaved to bitterness, vengeance and hate.  There are deep wounds and scars on the souls of the Chinese people.

Chinese people suffer from a lack of fellowship founded on love.  My Chinese students often tell me they are lonely.  How can one be lonely in a country of 1.3 billion people?  Easy, when there is no true love (I Cor. 13) there is loneliness and emptiness in life.  They come from large families and communities, but, because of the past tragedies of their history, people are alone and afraid.

The last obstacle explains why I saw what I saw on the bus that day.  When I first went to China many years ago the one thing God used to get my attention and show me the desperate need the Chinese have for the Gospel was the hopelessness in the eyes of the people I saw.  Eyes that were filled with emptiness, hopelessness and fear.  In China you are not supposed to talk about death it is taboo to mention it.  For the Chinese death is greatly feared because it is the end of all that they know.  Life is over, nothing more and nothing else.  Unfortunately for them they are gravely mistaken.

Life does go on.  That is why the Gospel is so desperately needed in China.  The Gospel awakens the God-consciousness that has been suppressed (Rom.1:19).  The Gospel reveals the true nature of man and deals with the problem of sin clearly and decisively (Rom. 3;23-25, 6:23).  The healing power of Christ will bring freedom and forgiveness to the Chinese people.  God’s love, so amazing, so divine it demands my soul, my life and my all.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ so powerful that even in the midst of such spiritual darkness it will cut away all the lies and shine like the sun at midnight.

Da Yong
American serving the Lord in China
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Featuring : Chinese Cultural Obstacles and Coming To Christ
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Wrong!  When I first starting serving the Lord in China I too thought China was full of Chinese people.  This is true for a large part of the population, but, the Chinese government recognizes 55 ethnic minority groups and Paul Hathaway in Operation China documents over 450 ethnic minorities.

When we see pictures of the average Chinese person we are most likely seeing a person from the Han people group.  The Han are for sure in the majority, 92% of the population of China is Han.  In fact they make up about 20% of the entire population of planet earth!  The Han people consider themselves to be descendants of Yan Di (Yan Emperor)and Huang Di (Yellow Emperor).  The name Han comes from the dynasty that followed Qin.  Enough about the majority let’s talk about the ethnic minorities of China!

What does ethnic minority group actually mean?  Well, here is a definition for you: pertaining to or characteristic of a group of people that share common and distinct culture, religion and language.  These characteristics bind together a group of people into communities, tribes and villages.  They often are isolated because of where they live and go unchanged for hundreds of years.  The group often has a distinct style of dress, speaks a dialect, they have certain physical features, dances and customs practice at certain times of the year and much more.

Ethnic groups in China are often referred to as nationalities.  The Chinese word minzu  is used when translating the English words “people” or “nationality”.  Ethnic minorities are all Chinese citizen despite often being referred to as nations, the Chinese word minzu does not refer to a person citizenship.

Most of the Chinese ethnic groups are very similar to the Han Chinese in physical features, but, there are some that do not resemble Chinese in the least.  Take the Uyghur people of China.  They are a Turkic ethnic group living in the western part of the country.  If you were to meet some of them on the street or see them in pictures you would never consider them to be Chinese citizens.  You probably would think they were from Uzbekistan or Kazakhstan.  They are all Muslims and would very much like to gain independence from China.

One of the saddest things about the Uyghurs is that at one point in their history to be Uyghur was to be a Believer in Jesus Christ.  Unfortunately, Christianity just disappeared from Uyghur society for a few hundred years.  No one really knows why this occurred, but, it did and today to be Uyghur is to be Muslim.

China is a diverse country.  There are hundreds of cultures, thousands of dialects and millions of people who need to Lord!  Most of the Ethnic Groups of China are unreached and  85%-95% unevangelized.  The need of laborers is great because the harvest is plentiful.  A good friend of mine used to say before he passed away “not everyone is called to go, but, everyone should struggle with the possibility”.

Da Yong
American serving the Lord in China
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Chinese New Year (known as Spring Festival in China) begins with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends with the full moon 15 days later.  That’s right, Chinese New Year is a 15 day holiday!  The Chinese calendar is based on lunar as well as solar movements.  New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving.  The festival was traditionally highlighted by a religious ceremony honoring Heaven and Earth, household gods and family ancestors.  This holiday stresses the importance of family ties.  The Chinese New Year Eve dinner is among the most important family occasions of the entire year.

Spring Cleaning is the first step in preparing for Spring Festival.  Every corner of the house is swept clean which symbolizes a new beginning, out with the old in with the clean.  Spring couplets are step number 2.  Written in black ink on vertical sheets red paper, these Spring Couplets are placed on the left and right sides of entryways and connected by a horizontal one above the door or gate (interesting it is done with RED and only ever RED paper, Passover?).  These couplets are short poems wishing all who pass through the door or gate good fortune in the coming new year.

Red is the prevailing color during this holiday.  The spring couplets are written on red paper.  Red envelopes called Hong Bao filled with money are given to Children by aunts, uncles, fathers, mothers and grandparents.  Traditional Chinese knots tied with red rope are given to friends and displayed in the home.  New calendars are printed with red ink, greeting cards are drenched in red and people wear red shirts, sweaters, socks and under garments for good luck.

This year is the year of the Rabbit.  In the Chinese cycle of dating the years there are 12 animals that represent each year in the 12 year cycle.  The Chinese view time as cyclical as we here in the West view it as linear.  The 12 animals are: dog, dragon, horse, monkey,pig, ox rabbit, rat, rooster, sheep, snake and tiger.  People believe that if you are born in a certain year you will exhibit certain characteristics of these animals.  For example, people born in the year of the rabbit are articulate, talented, ambitious, trustworthy and reserved.  The Chinese will often plan to be married in certain years that are deemed better for marriage, they plan to have babies in certain years that are good for having children and they will not marry if their year/animal is known for not being compatible with the year/animal of a potential spouse.  There is quite a bit of superstition that goes along with the ”Chinese Zodiac”.

Lantern Festival is on the 15th day of Spring Festival.  It is the first full moon of the new year.  People all over China go outside and display all kinds of lanterns.  Another important part of Lantern festival is the eating of Xiao Yuan.  Xiao Yuan are small balls made of glutinous race flour.  The balls are filled with many different kinds of fillings that range from sweet to salty and rose petals to walnuts.

Even though there is a lot of superstitions wrapped up in the Chinese New Year, God still makes Himself known to the people of China.  How so you ask?  On every door, gate and window, in every home, on every greeting card you will find the Chinese Character Fu? .  This character is made up of four separate characters: God, one, man, garden.  When these four are combined they created a new character with a new meaning, which is blessing.  God with one man in the garden!

Happy Chinese New Year!  And may God continue to have mercy and grace on us!

Da Yong
American serving the Lord in China
Contributor – Baptist.org

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There seems to be an attraction with China these days.  The news often reports on it’s economic boom, it’s sprawling cities and on occasion it’s environmental problems.  In high schools across the USA the Chinese language is now offered along side the traditional Spanish and French classes.  What is the hype all about?  Well, my response would be come and find out for yourself!

As Believers we can not only go to China as tourists and experience an ancient culture and culinary delights, but, also as a fellow brother or sister in Christ and share the joy of ministering and being ministered to with our fellow Chinese Believers.  Here is what you have to do to plan a trip to and prepare yourself for a visit to China.

First and foremost you need to have a passport.  Believe it or not only 37% of Americans have a passport, that means 2 out of 3 people cannot even fly to Canada.  So, go down to your nearest post office and apply to get one now.  It is an additional piece of identification and it is just good to have.  There is nothing like holding a passport in your hand and getting it stamped by a customs officer!  Unlike the UK, Germany, Korea and many other places that do not require Americans to apply for a visa to enter the country China does.  You cannot enter China without a visa in your passport.  How does one get a visa to enter China?  Well, you can contact any travel agent and they will help you secure a visa, for a fee of course, but, allowing an experienced company to do it for you is much easier than doing it yourself.

If you are just interested in a tour, simply contact a travel company and ask about their tour packages to China.  If you are adventurous, plan it all on your own by booking flights (international and domestic) and hotels on-line.  Pick a few cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Ching Qing to travel to and search out the best spots to visit while in that city.  Either way you will have an experience of a lifetime.

As a Believer I suggest you plan a ministry/tour trip to China with a mission agency.  Just about every missions agency has ministry/tour trips to China.  These trips often take place in the summer months when school is out and involves teaching conversational English as a means to reach out with His love and grace.  In China English is a HUGE deal.  Every child is required by law to begin learning English in kindergarten, at least two hours of English per week.  There are English educational companies in every city teaching English to children after school and on the weekends.  The best part about this love affair with English is it allows you to hit the ground ministering!  No two year Chinese language school, you can get off the plane and share your testimony with just about any young person you encounter.  Kind of reminders me of Greek in New Testament times!

Here is what our mission agency does – Every summer we conduct Summer English Camps all over China.  What is Summer English Camp?  Chinese students sign up to take part in a two week camp, where they learn conversational English and cultural things about the USA.  Three English classes in the morning, we break for lunch, activities in the afternoon (sports, crafts, singing and such) and early evening activities like playing board games, free talk and movie time.

What is required of you?  That you speak English!  Yes!  it is that easy.  About 150 people come every summer.  We break them up into teams of 30 members (depending on your location in the US), we train and prepare you to teach, minister and live in China.  We also do all the preparation as far as getting your visas, plane tickets, hotel reservations and touring.  All you have to do is raise your funds and get trained and show up on time for your flights.  The camps are two weeks long and after two weeks we take everyone to a famous city for about three days of touring some of the greatest and oldest places in the world!

So, if we are teaching English, how do we minister?  In the classroom we teach things like Christmas and the true meaning of it, Life in the USA (this is my house, my school, my CHURCH), Thanksgiving and why the pilgrims came to the USA, I think you can see where this leads them to questions.  After classes when you are hanging out with the teens they will ask why do you go to church, what does it mean to be a Christian and at this point you are free to share as much as they want to hear, in ENGLISH!  And they understand it and some accept it and believe!  We work with local brothers and sisters to plug them into fellowship.

I guarantee that if you come with us to China you will never be the same.  It is life-changing trip that will leave you more like Him, with life-long friends, with a better understanding of the world and it’s need for Him and who knows, He may call you into full-time service with me and I am always looking for those that will answer the high-calling of going and making disciples for His glory!


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Going Native

by Da Yong on January 4, 2011 · 0 comments

“Let us in everything not sinful, become like the Chinese, that by all means we may save some.” – Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor was beyond most of the missionaries of his day.  It was common for missionaries to build themselves a little compound surrounded by walls and to invite locals in and adopt English ways.  In the colonial days of Shanghai and Hong Kong the practice of adopting local dress was outrageous and hilarious to Westerns.  But, full Chinese dress was a rule that Taylor held fast and hard to with those that join China Inland Mission.  The Western appearance of missionaries as well as churches and the attitude that China was “backwards” had long hindered and bogged down the rapid dissemination of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The “simple” adoption of Chinese dress was anything but simple.  China was a heirarchical system of life and culture, therefore, every lace, stitch, thread, cuff, ruffle and ripple of silk told who you were and what you did.  Dress was an important part of Chinese society and it revealed who you were, where you came from and what you did for a living.  So, going native was not as simple as it appears to us today.  In modern China,  missionaries do not have to “adopt” Chinese dress.  Clothing in much more uniform to what you would find in NYC or Moscow.  Of course there are still remote areas where women still don traditional clothing, but, that is not the norm.  In Hudson Taylor’s China missionaries had to be careful when choosing the right clothing.  They did not want to be mistaken for Buddhist monks or Confucian scholars.

The clothes the CIM missionaries wore were of poor school teachers, humble clothing that fit their goals of sharing the Gospel with the common Chinese people.  Because CIM missionaries donned Chinese dress they are responsible for some of the most exciting and dangerous expeditions to inland China at a time when travel by foreigners was controlled and restricted by the emperor.  For example, in 1875 two men and a Chinese evangelist walked across China without incident.  Traveling inland was a dangerous thing and often ended in tragedy for foreigners.  They were an easy target, seen as invaders and often killed and murdered.

This policy of CIM met a great deal of resistance and dislike.  Men had to wear a queue, a type of ponytail that Chinese men wore.  The queue was imposed on the Chinese by the “barbarian’ Qing dynasty who conquered China in the 1600′s.  If a Chinese man cut off his queue it was considered treason and punishable by death.  Growing a queue involved shaving the front of your head everyday and growing the hair located in back into a long ponytail.  For the CIM women Chinese dress was very difficult.  Depending on what they wore the ladies risked being confused with courtesans or sing-song girls or even worse, sorceresses.

This policy was revolutionary for the times and missionaries of Hudson Taylor’s day.  But, for a long time it opened thousands of doors of opportunity to share the Gospel that would never have been opened if it had not been adopted by CIM.  CIM missionaries planted thousands of churches and saw thousands of coverts in China, in fact, you can still find CIM churches and converts in China today!


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Featuring : God In The Chinese Written Characters, Part 1
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December 16, 2010 | Da Yong –

In the first article we examined five Chinese characters, their makeup and their meaning. We concluded that it is not coincidence that these five Chinese characters match-up with the historical accounts that we read about in Genesis. It is fascinating and exciting to see that even in a communist country God is visible not only through creation, but, also in the written language of the Chinese. Let us examine more of these Chinese characters and how they show and declare the historical accounts of the Bible.

The Chinese character for boat is made up of three characters. The first character represents vessel, the second the number eight and the third person. When these three are combined they form a new character and it represents the character for boat. Do you remember when you were a kid going to Sunday school and hearing about the flood. Noah worked so hard building that Ark and telling everyone that judgment was coming for the evil and wickedness of man. For over 100 years Noah was faithful. In the end only his wife, three sons, the son’s wives and Noah (eight) found “salvation” inside the Ark (Genesis 6 – 9).

The Tower of Babel is another great historical event recorded in the Bible that we all learn about in Sunday school. Remember the images of this great tower being erected into the sky, higher and higher it went. Until, God scattered the inhabitants of the earth by confusing their languages. Therefore, the work on the tower stopped and the construction of the city came to a halt. Have a look at these three Chinese characters.

United together the inhabitants of earth decided to undertake a massive construction project to make a name for themselves. According to a Chinese scholar the Character for weeds here carries the idea of something rotten.

The earth’s inhabitants, united and arrogant endeavored to make a name for themselves. They decide that by constructing a city and a tower that will reach to the heavens they will be exalted and lifted up. It was a rotten idea!

Maybe you are having a hard time seeing the Tower of Babel in this one so have a look at this combination of “to undertake” and clay.

A little easier to see? Hang on I got one more for you.

Tongues were confused and the people separated. They were told to fill the earth (Genesis 9) but they disobeyed God.

Look at the consistency of the meanings and combinations.

Well, even if you think this is stretching it I will leave you with one final Chinese character that will convince you for sure!

Lamb       +               me              =   Righteousness

The Chinese character for righteous is made from two characters. The black character is the character for lamb. The character on the far right is the character for me. When they come together they form the character for righteousness.  Notice their position?  The Lamb over me is righteousness!  This character takes me from Genesis all the way to Revelation.  The LORD is Our Righteousness (Jer. 33:16), we are in need of His righteousness (Rom. 3:23), Christ is the basis of our perfect acceptance with God (2 Cor.5:21),  this righteousness in Christ  is ours when God acquits the believer, based upon the finished all-sufficient death of Christ (Rom.4: 22-25).

Ye sinners, seek his face,
Whose wrath ye cannot bear;
Fly to the shelter of his cross,
And find salvation there.
-Spurgeon


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Featuring : God In The Chinese Written Characters, Part 1
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December 7, 2010 | Da Yong –

God is present even in countries that officially deny His existence. Through nature God reveals Himself to us all, Romans 1, Ps. 19. He often reveals Himself in other ways as well. The written language of China is one of the oldest continually used systems the world has. Characters dating back not just hundreds but thousands of years. Characters that clearly show us that in ancient China people knew God.

I want to share with you a few Chinese characters that will really get your attention. If you have Chinese friends who are not Believers you can use these as a tool to share God and who He is.

Well, here they are; The word for create in Chinese is .  When we break the character down into two parts we discover that the first part means to talk and the second to walk. When God created man He did not create man as an infant but as a completely grown man capable of walking and talking.

Another character that reveals the creation of man in the written Chinese language is the Chinese character for first. This character is made up of three parts, the first stroke to the character means alive, it is added to another character that means dust. This combination is than placed over the character for man and together it becomes the character for the Chinese word first. Sound familiar? If not read Genesis 2:7

Well, you might be thinking maybe this is just coincidence. Keep reading it only gets more convincing!  When God created man and gave man a companion they were placed in the garden and were to enjoy all the blessings of Eden. They were told not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they were forbidden to eat the fruit this tree produced. The Chinese character for forbidden is made up of two characters. Those characters are the character for God and for tree

You might be thinking well we know that most ancient cultures like the Chinese and Egyptians have creation stories. Don’t come to a conclusion just yet. In the garden the devil presented himself secretly to Eve and deceived her. The Chinese character for devil is made up of four characters.

Eve desired or coveted that which she could not have. Is it just by chance that the Chinese character for covet/desire is made up of two trees and a woman?

The truths found in these characters are not coincidental. We have used these characters in China to point Chinese people towards God and to help them understand that He does exist and that He wants to have a right relationship with them. There are many more characters that have biblical meanings, stay tuned for part 2 of God in the Chinese written language!


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Featuring : God In The Chinese Written Characters, Part 1
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November 29, 2010 | Da Yong –

Many of us have a lot of misunderstandings about missions work in China let alone China itself.  We probably all think of Hudson Taylor when we hear China and Missions.  But, what about these facts, do you know that…

The first recorded missionary to China was a man named Olepen (Alopen) a Nestorian Christian and a heretic.  He arrived in Chang ‘an, present day Xi’an, in the year 635.  He was welcomed by the emperor and Christianity grew until two centuries later Emperor Wu Tsung persecuted Christians and the church.

John of Monte Corvino, a Franciscan missionary, bought young boys from non-Christian parents and after baptizing them and training them sent them out as ministers in 1294.  He worked in China for 11 years and baptized more than 6,000 people.

Today we can call our travel agent and book a flight for Shanghai or Beijing in a matter of minutes and the flights to China usually last about 15 hours, not bad for traveling half way around the world.  A hundred years or more ago, travel to China took enormous amounts of patience and even more courage!  From England to China it took travelers at least 6 months by boat.  Many people never made it to China because they often got sick and died on their way there.

It was a capital offense to print evangelistic and Christian literature in the early 1800′s.  It was even forbidden for foreigners to learn Chinese! Chinese Tutors of foreigners often carried poison to swallow in case they were caught to avoid torture by the Chinese officials.

Robert Morrison was the first protestant missionary to China in 1807.  His pioneering work produced a 6 volume Chinese dictionary and a translation of the Bible.  These two accomplishments opened the door for other protestant missionaries to share the Gospel across China!

Early Protestant missionaries served as international diplomats because they were fluent in Chinese.  They played key roles in much of the international issues China and the Western powers were dealing with.  William A.P. Martin was responsible for writing a clause in the Treaty of Tianjin, which, allowed missionaries to enter the interior of China.  This treaty opened the door for Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission to win thousands to Christ in the unreached parts of China.  Today English is everywhere in China!  In fact by law children must begin learning English in kindergarten.  It is required that every child spend 3 hours a week learning English in school.

Early Catholic missions focused on converting the elite class of China.  Matteo Ricci arrived in Beijing in 1601 and made immediate inroads with the literati because of his fluency in classical and spoken Chinese.  Protestant missionaries did the exact opposite.  They reached out to the poor masses in the 19th and 20th centuries.

China was the largest Protestant mission field from 1830 to 1949.  There were over 8,000 missionaries in China at its height, which was the 1920′s.  In spite of the Chinese government expelling missionaries in the 1950′s the church in China grew steadily until the 1980′s.

The official church of China is called the Three-Self Church.  The first self stands for self-governing.  As a communist government the officials certainly do not want outside influence to run a portion of the population.  Self-supporting is the second self and again no outside monetary influence that might cause an uprising of some kind.  The last self is self-propagating.  The Three-Self idea was actually the invention of a missionary named John Nevius who desired to plant indigenous churches!

The largest massacre of Protestant missionaries took place in China.  During the Boxer Rebellion, 188 adults as well as children were martyred.  John and Betty Stam were martyred in 1934.  In a note to the mission head-quarters he wrote that they were taken prisoner and finished the letter by quoting Phil. 1:20 whether life or death, Christ be glorified.

Are you willing to glorify Christ in life as well as death?  For more information about helping with the harvest in China contact the author of this article.


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November 4, 2010 | Da Yong –

Little to no knowledge of the Bible

The growth explosion in the Third Church of China is causing a great deal of stress and trials.  Even though the TC is made up of intellectuals there is a great void in solid biblical teaching.  Remember that China has been essentially a spiritual vacuum for over 60 years.  China is officially atheistic to it’s core even though there is a State run church.  From schools to home Chinese learn from day one that there is no God.  There is no understanding of basic Bible stories let alone deep theological issues.  Kids in the USA have a greater understanding of the Bible than most TC Christians.  This causes many false teaching and cults to grow out of this lack of understanding of the harder theological issues.  One of the strongest cults in China is known as ”Lightning from the East” lead by a woman who says she is Jesus.

Lack of Full-Time Workers

Even though all these TC fellowships are popping up all over the urban centers of China there is a lack of leadership (pastoral and lay leaders) among them.  Member care is falling short because there are large numbers coming to the Lord and very few people to disciple, guide and ground these new Believers.  There is a real need for pastoral/lay leadership training to help build up and strengthen the new coverts and to keep out false doctrines, teachings and the cults.  It is unfortunate that many of the new Believers are not receiving the milk they need as ”baby Believers” and end up falling away.  One church that we helped plant was being lead by a pediatric heart surgeon.  This Brother was working 60 plus hours a week as a doctor, he is married and has a newborn.  On top of all of that he needed to be ministering to his flock.  In reality this Brother should be a lay leader not the pastor, but, there was no one else that could take his place.

Intellectuals and Continued Learning

The intellectuals that make up the TC fellowships pursue knowledge and wisdom continuously.  The Chinese have a real love for reading and expanding their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.  In the past most Christian literature was written to the uneducated masses in the country-side.  These books are intellectually inferior to the TC Believers.  They find these books and materials too simplistic.  Some big cities in China now have Christian book store with a wide variety of Western Christian books translated into Chinese, but, the supply for the demand simply does not make the cut.  The need for more resources is staggering.  The Chinese Christians here in the West need to help meet this need by translating more Christian resources.

Living Daily for Christ

In our work among the Chinese we saw a real disconnect between “my Sunday life as a Christian and my weekly life as a citizen”.  The mentality was that they were two separate lives that did not merge together.  One brother explained as most Chinese look at their faith as a “hobby”, something they did on the weekends.  The TC Believers need relevant and practical training for every day life.  They need to understand that their faith is not a “hobby”, but, a radical life changing event that goes everywhere with them.  Whether it is the home, the
office, on the street or in church they exist for the glory of God and therefore they need to live their new life out in front of everyone.  The Chinese are faced with more and more social problems as the country as a whole gains wealth, power and influence.  Divorce, abortions, homosexuality, immorality and many more sin issues are coming to the surface and the TC Believers need to be grounded so they can resist these sins as well as help unbelievers out of these troubles to Christ.  Training the TC Believers is a huge task, but, it will be well worth the effort when we see the TC making a godly influence at all levels of life.

How Can You Help

Prayer of course is the first step in helping our fellow Brothers and Sisters in China.  Pray for the need for more full-time workers, literature and training materials to be translated and that their Biblical knowledge will be increased and deepened.  We are all called to SEND and to GO, so, which of these two are you doing?  There is no in between!  If you want to know more about how you can help send or go contact the author of this article.


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The Third Church of China

by Da Yong on October 28, 2010 · 0 comments

Da Yong | October 28, 2010

Many of us are familiar with the “House Church” and the “3-Self Church” of China. But, what is the “Third Church” of China? In recent years there has been a huge increase in the number of university graduates in China. China labels university graduates “intellectuals”. The exploding population of intellectuals in China are very open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are enormous evangelistic opportunities on college campuses all across China. After graduating most of the “intellectuals” stay in the urban centers of China (cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chong Qing and Shen Zhen) seeking careers as professionals.  They are finding it extremely hard to integrate into the house churches because of their educational background, cultural background and training strategies. These “intellectuals” can not join the 3-Self churches either.  So, they find themselves coming together and forming a new type of church in the urban centers that is being called the “Third Church of China”.

Since the 1990?s “intellectuals” have shown an openness to Christianity and a passion for knowing Truth.  Because China has been a spiritual vacuum for over 60 years there is a real hunger for Truth, righteousness and to have faith in something. Small Bible studies can be found on every college campus in China, they often develop into home fellowships when the students graduate and move into their careers. In a major city where I lived, we worked with Christian fellowship groups for doctors and lawyers. These two Christian fellowships were
active in “Third Churches” apart from their work fellowships. They would meet to study the Bible, discuss work related issues concerning morality and corruption and so on.

This is solid proof that God is moving and working in a special and dynamic way in and with China. The urban “intellectuals” of the “Third Church of China” hold the future and that future is like sunlight burning at midnight!


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