Resources on Returnees

Mar 7

Have We Failed Returnee Christians? (Part 2)

by ChinaSource Team

Last week we posted the first part of an article about returnee Christians who fall away from the church that was originally published on the blog The Gift of the Magi. The article discusses how Chinese living abroad come to Christianity but struggle to remain in the church after they return to China. Part one focused more on the overseas church, while part two looks closely at the church in mainland China. This week we post part two of the article with Chinese readers’ comments from the original blog.

Feb 28

Have We Failed Returnee Christians? (Part 1)

by ChinaSource Team

The number of Chinese Christians continues to grow, both inside and outside of China. As large numbers of Chinese move and travel abroad, particularly to the West, many encounter Christianity for the first time. Many of these Chinese come to faith while abroad. After living abroad, Chinese Christians often have trouble transitioning into church life once they return to China. Their experience of the overseas church is often dramatically different from their experiences in Chinese churches. Brother Sang Shang, a returnee himself, highlights the difficulties returnee Christians face when they return to China.

Feb 27

Friendship and Discipleship

by Joann Pittman

According to the Institute of International Education, there were 328,547 students from China in colleges and universities throughout the United States in 2016. This includes those enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and “optional practical training” programs. But it’s not just higher education institutions where Chinese students are found; increasing numbers are now enrolled in high schools. The Institute of International Education reported that in 2013, there were more than 23,000 Chinese students enrolled in secondary schools in the US.

Oct 21, 2016

Hope for Returnees

by John

A reader responds to the 2016 autumn issue of ChinaSource Quarterly, "A Call to Partnership in Chinese Returnee Ministry" with encouragement and a reminder of God's love and grace.

Sep 27, 2016

Intercessory Notes

Vol. 18, No. 3

by ChinaSource Team

Items requiring your intercession. 

Sep 27, 2016

The Need for Chinese Students to Prepare for Their Return

by Stuart

The conflicts and challenges facing returnees as they arrive back in their homeland can be enormous. Culture shock, family matters, work situations, and church issues all contrive to make it unlikely that Chinese Christians returning home will maintain a relationship with Christ if they try to go it alone. The importance of preparation for their return is evident.

Sep 27, 2016

Returnee Ministry at Home and Abroad

by Lydia Song

Large numbers of Chinese students who have studied abroad are returning to their homeland. For those who have come to know Christ while overseas, many easily become lost to the church and Christ upon their return. While there are a variety of reasons for this, churches and organizations both overseas and in China need to cooperate to prevent this. The author gives some concrete suggestions of how this can be done.

Sep 27, 2016

Functioning as the Body to Build the Body

Working Together for Chinese Returnees

by Debbie

Many returnees have difficulty getting involved in a church once they return to China. The author looks at how agencies, churches, and individuals working together can help returnees become part of a church body. She also explores the benefits of working together internationally and concludes with the importance of partnerships and reasons they can be difficult.

Sep 27, 2016

Returnees Committing to Church in China

by Henry E.T.

Committing to a church in China can be difficult for returnees. In this article the author gives some reasons why and then goes on to provide suggestions as to how churches overseas as well as churches in China can help returnees overcome these difficulties. Finally, he identifies attitudes that, if embraced by returnees, will help them to commit to a church once they are back in their homeland.

Sep 27, 2016

The Hook and the Cook

A Portrait of a Mainland Chinese Student in the UK

by J. Ling

After following the 18-month journey of Xiao Mei as she studied in the UK, the author examines the importance of providing familiar cultural settings for Chinese students. Reducing the “cultural distance” allows students to experience Christ and become his disciples in a way that is not usually possible in an all English language and cultural setting.

Sep 16, 2016

Returning to China with a Degree and a New Faith

by ChinaSource Team

Some forty years ago in Saint Louis, a group of Baptist churches combined their cooking skills and gifts of hospitality to host a weekly lunch for international students studying at Washington University of Saint Louis. This week the first Tuesday Lunch for Internationals of the 2016-2017 academic year took place, continuing a ministry that has welcomed students and scholars from around the world, providing them with a hot meal, and in some cases with their first opportunity to sit down and talk with a Christian.  

Feb 22, 2016

Going Home

by Joann Pittman

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a summit of local (Minnesota) Chinese-student-ministry leaders to discuss ways to help new Chinese believers prepare for returning to China.

Jan 11, 2016

Where Are the "Liu Mei?"

by Joann Pittman

The number of Chinese students studying in the US has increased drastically in recent years. Where are they all studying?

Oct 30, 2015

The Chinese Students on Your Doorstep

by Narci Herr

If you live near a major university, chances are you will meet a student or researcher from China. In the 2013-14 academic year there were 274,439 students from China studying in the US at the university level. That is 31% of all international students studying in the US. This year there are 600 freshman at the University of Illinois—nearly one out of every ten new freshmen.  No wonder they have started Mandarin broadcasts of their football games!

Dec 23, 2011

The Expected and the Unexpected Journey of Homecoming

by Lydia Song

Is returning to China always the correct thing to do? What can the returnee expect once back home? Job issues, financial pressures and for the Christian, expressing faith, are all matters that must be dealt with.

Dec 23, 2011

Rebuilding the Walls

by Shirley Zhao

How does it feel to return to China after studying in the West and beginning a new job? As a Christian, how does one manage in a job where others have differing values? Where does one find answers and support?

Dec 23, 2011

The Returnee Handbook

On the Road of Homebound Journey

by ChinaSource Team

Help for those returning home to China

Dec 23, 2011

International Student Reentry and Returnee Ministry: An Overview

by Leiton E. Chinn

Reverse culture shock, conferences addressing international student reentry and research are discussed. Many resources, with a focus on material for Christian returnees, are suggested.

Dec 23, 2011

China and Her Returning Students and Scholars

by Carolynn Hudson

The author considers the impact of history and the role that worldview plays in the lives of returnees. She then discusses from a practical point of view the issues facing returnees and the needed responses. She concludes with lessons learned by returnees.

Dec 22, 2011

Working with Sea Turtles

by H. Bo and I. Kam

One topic sure to bring up lots of entries on a Google search, some 47 million Chinese entries, has to do with "haigui" (sea turtles). This term, haigui, in current Chinese slang refers to overseas returnees, especially to the thousands of Chinese students who completed studies overseas, gained practical work experience, and have now returned home. How many of these haigui are returning as Christians? What kind of impact wil they after spending time in the West? Are there ways we can support them?

Dec 22, 2011

Haigui – Writing the Next Chapter

by Brent Fulton

Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Returnees to China" (CS Quarterly, 2011 Winter).

Apr 13, 2009

Before and After They Go Back to China

The Practical Challenges

by Brent Hoover

Many who return to China do not get deeply involved with a church but instead are greatly influenced by their surrounding secular culture. How can we equip them not only to survive as believers, but to be life-long, fruitful church leaders?

Jun 18, 2001

Chinese Students in the West and China’s Future

by Daniel Su

With increasing numbers of Chinese students coming to West, how can the church be prepared to reach them with the gospel?

Jun 14, 1999

Partnership—the Key to Reentry

by Carolynn Hudson

To help Christians be better prepared to return to their home countries, true partnerships are needed.