Charles (Karl Friedrich Augustus) Gutzlaff blazed like a comet across the sky of early missionary attempts to reach the Chinese and left a trail that still impacts Christianity in China.
“I was born on March 23, 1951, to an extremely poor family in Fangcheng County, Henan Province, during one of the most difficult times in China’s long history.”
Learning from a Faithful Witness to Christ: Reflections on the Life of Ni Guizhen, as told by Jennifer Lin in Shanghai Faithful. See also the article about her in the Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity (www.bdcconline.net).
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.
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.)