Tag: Rural China

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From Despair to Hope

Enter into the world of rural China and open your heart to the story of a young woman who suffered with depression until she heard the gospel in college. Now she is full of hope and joy because of truth and beauty of her Christian faith. She has led her family to Christ and was able to minister to the house church in her village.

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Invisible China

A Book Review

[A]s Invisible China so clearly points out, for China’s trajectory to continue upward, the country must address and overcome the significant and complex issues facing the unseen rural millions of people living beyond the cities.

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Golden Goose: The Story of a Peasant Family in Western China

A Book Review and Interview

A three-generational story of a rural Sichuanese family.

Chinese Church Voices

A Village Transformed by Christ

I had left a village corrupted by crime, and returned to a village transformed by Christ.

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Christmas Cards Made in Shanxi

But Made with a Purpose

If you haven't bought Christmas cards yet this year, consider sending hand-cut cards from Yangqu County, China.

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Seeing Trees for the First Time

My good friend and former student's father drove. The dirt road, only forged in the last year or so, made the ride tremendously bumpy and kept travel slow. The road wound through scores of vast, grassy valleys, each curve bringing my wife, me, and our friend to an area that looked so similar to the last we wondered if we were driving in circles.

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Beyond Beijing

Life in the Chinese Countryside

Since China's great gǎigé kāifàng (Reform and Opening) experiment was begun by reformists in the Communist Party of China (CPC) under Deng Xiaoping in late 1978, tens of thousands of articles—in print and online—have been written about the huge changes and nearly miraculous standard-of-living improvements that have happened throughout China.


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 payments and ended up spending […]

Peoples of China

“City Slickers” and “Country Bumpkins”

Are They People Groups?

Is the cultural divide between migrants and urban citizens yet another barrier to the gospel?

Supporting Article

Rural Urbanization in China

The phrase “rural urbanization,” at first glance, appears to be an oxymoron. Yet it is an apt phrase to describe what has been happening in China, especially in the eastern regions, over the past two decades.