Andrew Kaiser’s history of the growth of the Protestant church in Shanxi has valuable lessons for Christians who want to serve God among the Chinese worldwide. Here are just a few of them.
The articles and reviews in this special edition of a major international journal prompt me to make some reflections on various topics that may be of interest to those who are engaged in ministry among the Chinese.
In the past few years, China ministry workers have expressed a renewed appreciation for the vital role of mentoring in today’s climate of worldliness and increased government restrictions. A careful reading of Training Laborers for His Harvest will help to fuel and undergird that welcome movement.
This selection of thirty short excerpts from the letters, diaries, and writings of outstanding missionaries and leaders is meant to be read one at a time. “Readers are expected to linger over each quotation, perhaps reading only one quotation a day, and to spend time afterward in prayer, reflecting on them in light of their own experiences,” explains the author, a veteran Christian worker in China.
We can thank God for Allen Yuan’s fearless witness over many decades and despite horrific suffering and then incessant harassment. Courage, zeal, and perseverance like his should redound to God’s glory and inspire us to imitate Yuan’s faith.
Tim Conkling’s important book contains valuable lessons for Christians both inside China and elsewhere.
What We Can Learn from the Early Jesuits in China: Reflections on The Visitor: Andrew Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia, by Liam Matthew Brockey. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2014.
Modern Protestant evangelical Christians who care about the growth of God’s kingdom in China will find much food for thought in the career of Andrew Palmeiro and the early Jesuits in China. (For a review of the book, go to www.globalchinacenter.org; for a short biography of Andrew Palmeiro, visit www.bdcconline.net.)
Christians in the West can learn a great deal from China’s Coming Church, by Paul Golf. This important book gives a balanced and accurate picture of today’s urban Chinese Christians.