Resources from 2005
Living as Ambassadors of Christ
Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development by Bryant Myers. Maryknoll, NY, Orbis Books, 1999. 279 pages with index; soft cover; ISBN: 1570752753; $22.00. A book review by Daniel Eyler
His Hands Reaching Out to Those Affected by Disability in China
Stories of the lives of real people affected by disabilities show the scope of the challenges they face and the need for transformation in the services and resouces available to them and in the attitudes of the people in their communities.
A Larger Purpose
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Ministry to the Whole Person" (CS Quarterly, 2005 Winter).
Soul and Body
The Need for Medical Services
An overview of the medical services situation in China reveals that the needs are still great and the potential for Christians to make an impact medically and spiritually remains.
Holistic Development in Yunnan Province
Much is being done in China to advance medical and community services in rural areas. One example, a potential model for other areas of China, is the Zhaotong Community Development Program in Yunnan Province.
Hope for HIV/AIDS in China
The effect of HIV/AIDS is increasing and is expected to affect 5% of the Chinese population in the next 20 years. What is being done to address the medical issues and the social stigma of this devastating disease? What have Christians dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa learned that can be...
Medical Work as Whole Person Transformation
Increasingly the work of foreign medical workers is being integrated into the local community and is enhancing both the medical effectiveness of the treatment and the social and spiritual impact upon the community and individuals. This holistic approach is making an impact on China.
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "International Involvement in China" (CS Quarterly, 2005 Autumn).
Into China and Beyond: A Timeless Journey of Faith
Jesus in Beijing: How Christianity is Transforming China and Changing the Global Balance of Power by David Aikman. The Heavenly Man: The Remarkable True Story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun by Paul Hattaway. Back To Jerusalem: Three Chinese House Church Leaders Share Their Vision to Complete The Great Commission by...
Strangers in a Strange Land: Expatriates in China
Expatriates arrive in China from around the world for many reasons and with a variety of purposes. They are making an impact on Chinese society and are also being changed themselves as the Chinese and other expats impact them.
Baxiren: Going Global for the Beijing Olympics
Brazilian Christians prepare to serve at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
The Involvement of Hong Kong Churches in China
Hong Kong has been the window to China during the past fifty years. Hong Kong churches have been and continue to use their access to the Mainland to serve the church in China.
Ways Foreigners Can Serve in Chinese Churches
According to Chinese regulations, foreigners are free to do most kinds of church service provided it is under the authority of local recognized Chinese church leaders.
Foreign Christians in Chinese Churches
From joining in Sunday morning worship to attending weekly prayer meetings and Bible studies, much of church life is open to foreign participation.
Journey to the Ends of the Earth
One church's journey from a rural community in the US to involvement in China and beyond.
Communities of Hope
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Community Transformation" (CS Quarterly, 2005 Summer).
Individuals Who Largely Determine Change
Who are the influentials who are most effectively impacting their communities? What characteristics do they share? What implications are there for reaching communities for Christ?
The Gospel for the Poor
What does it look like to show compassion to the poor in China? How can a Christian in China show the love of Christ to those in desparate circumstances. One young returnee shares her story.
A Model for Holistic Service and Witness
Dozens of initiatives have emerged over the past decade, and the vision for holistic ministry in the cities has taken root in most places around the world. While city-focused initiatives are rapidly and dynamically emerging everywhere, I find there is a great deal of confusion regarding what city reaching is,...
The Church's Great Asset
The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries by Rodney Stark. Reviewed by Wayne Martindale
Little Flashlights Conquer Deep Darkness
Migrant workers' churches are a light in urban darkness, for both the migrant workers and the broader community. Like any light, they need recharging in to continue to shine brightly.
Welcome to the City
Reaching the cities of China requires an urban strategy and the combined efforts of church. Serving the city, seeking good for the city expresses God's love for the city and contributes to carrying out his plan for the city.
The Long Journey
The Road to the Protection of Human Rights of the Chinese People
Changes have occurred in China. The boundaries of acceptable behavior have begun to be more clearly defined by the rule of law. This has been especially noticed in the economic domain: the protection of the rights of the consumer. However, in other areas changes have not been so evident: areas...
Rendering to Caesar What Belongs to Caesar
"With China at the crossroads looking for new direction and partners, there is a chance for a fresh start." The author explains that "it is high time for the churches to act with vision and courage and adopt a more conciliatory approach towards the government. They should let go of...
Opposing the Unjust
"A Letter from Birmingham Jail," by Martin Luther King Jr., The Christian Century, June 12, 1963, p. 767. Reviewed by Scott Becker
Catholic Social Thought
A Contribution to Civil Society in Contemporary China
Dedication and commitment on the part of Christians in China to respond in charity, mercy and compassion to the needs of their neighbors springs, as it does for Christians everywhere, from their basic understanding and acceptance of Christian doctrine and biblical teachings. Catholic Social Thought informs the way the Catholic...
The Growing Rights Consciousness in China
Slowly, incrementally, it has been happening. Starting in the coastal regions and moving inward, beginning in economics and spreading to the rest of life, people in China have been learning of their rights their rights as citizens of a sovereign state and as humans in the international community.
Twenty-five and Counting
Editor's Note: This editorial originally appeared in "Civil Rights Movement in China" (ChinaSource, 2005 Spring).