Church History

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Breakthrough: James O. Fraser

With everything going on in the world, Christians in China are facing increasingly complicated circumstances, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for outsiders to connect with the Chinese church. But Fraser’s life reminds us that engaging in prayer is one of the most powerful things we can do. . . . wherever we might live in the world.

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The Vital Role of Chinese Women in Evangelism

[T]he story of Christianity in China cannot be told without acknowledging the female evangelists and pastors who built the Chinese church.

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Chinese Christian History 101

Darkest Before the Dawn: A Book Review

Anyone looking for a brief overview of Chinese Christian history should check out Richard Cook’s Darkest Before the Dawn. In addition to orienting readers to the major events of Christian missions in China, there is an extensive bibliography for further reading.

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A Conversation with the Authors of Children of the Massacre

Robert and Linda Banks, authors of Children of the Massacre, discuss what led them to write the book and the fascinating discoveries they made along the way.

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Book Review: Children of the Massacre

The Extra-ordinary Story of the Stewart Family in Hong Kong and West China

It is indeed “extra-ordinary,” as the subtitle to the book states, that, rather than having an antipathy towards China and Chinese people, all six felt called to return and serve in China in various capacities over the years.

Chinese Church Voices

Following the Footprints of Early Missionaries to Yunnan (2)

Nine Christians from several cities in China traveled to Nujiang, Yunnan Province to find the places where early foreign Christians proclaimed the gospel among the Lisu. They met people who knew those early workers and found that their faith, and the faith of those still serving, continues to speak to us today.

Chinese Church Voices

Following the Footprints of Early Missionaries to Yunnan (1)

Nine Christians from several cities in China traveled to Nujiang, Yunnan Province to find the places where early foreign Christians proclaimed the gospel among the Lisu. They met people who knew those early workers and found that their faith, and the faith of those still serving, continues to speak to us today.

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Cross-Cultural Encounters: China and the Reformed Church in America

A Book Review

An in-depth look at Reformed missionaries working in China in the late 1800s, emphasizing both often-overlooked individuals and the ways that they worked through cross-cultural encounters with Chinese partners.

Chinese Church Voices

Strengthening a Neglected Area

A respected Chinese Christian scholar spoke online in October 2021 about the value of reading biographies of foreign missionaries and the need for Chinese research on early missionaries and church history.

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Christian Women and Modern China

A Book Review

Often the chronicling of China’s mission history features Protestant missionaries with brief mentions of Chinese co-workers. Readers familiar with this history can list numerous foreigners who contributed to the growth of China’s church. But they are probably not familiar with most of the women highlighted in this book.