“The church in China has been maturing in its understanding of its role in world missions,” writes David Ro of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Chinese leaders are now focusing on sending
at least 20,000 Chinese missionaries overseas by 2030. “China’s example should inspire church leaders anywhere to accomplish a global mission vision for their country,” says Ro. “They also need to be prepared for a Chinese church on a mission with a global reach.”
Columnist Lee Grady wrote: “You can’t ignore the miracle of Christianity in China. Last week I worshipped in Hong Kong at the Wing Kwong Church, that has grown from 28 members in 1978 to more than 13,000 today.” Speaker at the meeting was James Hudson Taylor IV, the great-great-grandson of British missionary pioneer Hudson Taylor… “God has entrusted to the Chinese church a special mandate for the 21st century,” he declared.
Spiritual hunger is exploding in China, even though the country is officially atheist. A recent study found that online searches for the words “Christian congregation” and “Jesus” are far more numerous than for “communist party.” And as more people have moved from rural areas to big cities, large numbers of young professionals have turned to Christ. Missiologists say between 10,000 and 25,000 people convert to Christianity every day in China. Persecution of Christians may still be rampant in China, but it is certainly not slowing church growth. A recent study by Qunyong Wang of Nankai University and Xinyu Lin of Renmin University of China discovered there was robust economic growth in areas of China where Christian congregations are growing. Could it be that God will use the vast financial resources of China to pay for the next great thrust of world evangelism?
Source: Lausanne Global Analysis, Lee Grady
Bible Study: Exodus 9:15-16
PRAISE God that, in His wisdom and mercy, He is preparing the Chinese Church to pick up the batton for world evangelism. Pray for these preparations.