Resources from 2004
China’s Migrants and the House Church
A ChinaSource interview with Brother Min in 2002.
Reflections on the Role of Migrant Labor
The following was written by Daniel Wright in 1998 while a fellow in the Institute of Current World Affairs living in inland China and studying its people and societies. His “Reflections” came after sharing conversations and experiences with migrants during a 35-hour train journey from China’s interior to the coast....
The Master's Embarrassment
As increasing numbers of peasants—among those who were to benefit most from Liberation—move to the cities seeking work and opportunities for improved lives, they continue to suffer discrimination and hardship.
Urban migration has brought young women from mountainous regions in Yunnan into the provincial capital, Kunming, seeking work. They are also seeking freedom from fear and bondage and they are finding it in Jesus Christ.
Strangers in the City
Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks Within China's Floating Population by Li Zhan. Reviewed by Scott Faris
A Church on the Move
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Urban Migration" (CS Quarterly, 2004 Winter).
China is undergoing a modernization process that has caused its urbanization process to accelerate. A mass exodus from rural areas to urban centers is already occurring. Surplus laborers in the rural areas are rapidly migrating to the towns and cities looking for jobs and better living conditions.
Against the Storm
Three Chinese peasant children amidst the largest population shift in world history
Three Chinese peasant children amidst the largest population shift in world history.
The Effects of Urban Migration on the Countryside House Churches in China
A summary of interviews with six senior leaders of two of the largest countryside house church movements in September, 2004.
Broaden Your Purposes!
Short-term China Trips
Short-term China trips can have an impact beyond what is usually anticipated and often impact not only the Chinese but also the team members themselves and those who support and send them.
Avoiding Nightmares and Achieving Dreams through Partnership
Two principles for ensuring that the efforts made by overseas churches are effective and long lasting are explained with real examples of what can happen both when they are followed and when they aren't.
Reaching Urban Professionals
A Christian Chinese doctor stood with a small group of Chinese believers on the 20th floor of a hotel overlooking their city. He asked them to take a good look at the city below. "There are 400,000 people out there who have never heard the gospel," he said. "Unless we...
For Thy Kinsmen’s Sake
Diaspora Chinese Serving in China
The impact of overseas Chinese on ministry in China.
“China Today!” Events
Educate, Motivate and Mobilize
“China Today!” events—helping churches and communities across cities and regions inform and mobilize those who want to serve in China.
Jesus in Beijing
Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power, by David Aikman. Reviewed by John Peace
The Party’s Not Over
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Serving in China," CS Quarterly, 2004 Autumn.
Examples of Cross-cultural Mission Trips in Scripture
Short-term trips in Scripture.
Keys to Effective Service in China
Four essentials for effective service in China.
English and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
The modern Olympic Games have never been awarded to a host country whose citizens did not have English as a common language. The promise to be the host city presented enormous language challenges to Beijing. Many of Beijing’s 13 million people will be working with the athletes and spectators. Nearly every...
Practical Advice for Chinese Relationships
Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans by Hu Wenzhong and Cornelius L. Grove. Reviewed by Sarah Doyle and G. Wright Doyle
The Clash of Culture and Class in China’s “Olympic Era”
Many challenges face China today and have resulted in clashes of culture and class.
Preparing for 2008
It's Not about the Olympics
It’s not about the Olympics or sports, but about what God is already doing in China.
Church and Community Sports Partnerships
Are there opportunities for churches in China to build on the increase in interest in sports due to the coming Beijing Olympics?
God is Moving in the Cities of China
As the greatest rural to urban migration in history continues in China, God is at work. He is opening doors for Christians to impact the cities of China, and He is stirring up His people to go through those doors. God’s people, both inside and outside of China, are beginning...
Unto the Least of These
For Xue Yunhao, a farmer and father of two in Shaanxi Province, repaying a government loan of 20,000 RMB was proving to be an insurmountable obstacle. Faced with medical expenses for his mother’s extended illness plus injuries he had sustained in an automobile accident, Xue fell hopelessly behind in his...
Behind China's Urbanization
The Chinese government's release of its latest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) figure of $1,000 per person at the end of 2003 signifies that China is on the verge of becoming a world economic power. It also signifies that full-fledged urbanization has taken off. The traditional Chinese society, rooted in agriculture,...