Articles in this Issue
From the desk of the guest editor.
After an overview of current trends in migrant worker population growth throughout China, read about the ways that urbanization has influenced the expansion of migrant churches. Finally, discover five ideas to multiply migrant churches.
A young Chinese church planter shares how an indigenous mission to migrant workers grew over several years. The group has taught and commissioned other young workers who move to satellite towns and cities around Beijing, and other major cities, to plant churches that focus on migrants.
Reimer explains how the hukou, or family registration system, creates difficulties for individuals, families, and society. He addresses the rural/urban divide, then discusses how evangelizing the migrant “floating population” is one good way to fulfill Christ’s global mandate.
Wong tells us how she started holding camps in villages for China’s “left-behind” children—those whose parents work in cities while relatives care for them. These children face serious challenges but are strengthened by faith in Christ and attending holiday camps.
Five migrant women who moved to Beijing from 1989 to 2010 at different ages describe their experiences. Each one discusses her values, challenges, hardships, and successes following the move into the city, as well as her faith and plans for the future.
The Myth of Chinese Capitalism: A Book Review
Samuels summarizes each chapter of the book, highlighting the many difficult choices migrant workers must face. The author shows them in their full humanity, helping the reader relate to the struggles of migrant workers.
We are privileged to be introduced to men, women, and children who have experienced, and continue to experience, crushing loss through separation and discrimination. We hear their stories of perseverance, courage, and transformation in Christ.