Evangelical Christians seeking to serve God effectively among the Chinese can derive a great deal of profit from the example of the pioneer Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci. Here are a few brief lessons.
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.)
An important part of a being a cross-cultural witness of Christ is forming relationships with people and gaining their trust. English teachers in China have found that their position allows them to accomplish that essential first step of relationship-building, making them excellent ambassadors for Christ in this foreign country.