The Future of Ministry in China Depends on In-country Partnerships

Though they may not face as much pressure as North Korean Christians, it’s no secret that restrictions on the Chinese Church have been recently tightened. That means future ministry in China is going to require creative solutions.

Collaboration and Communication

The first step toward those solutions requires laying a foundation of partnership and camaraderie. To that end, Wendell Rovenstine of Bibles for China met virtually with representatives of several organizations who participate in ongoing work in China. From distributing Bibles to providing resource training, these organizations already have a history of working with ministry efforts in China, and all of them agreed that they needed to plan for the future.

“All of us are experiencing some changes that are necessary for us in China,” Rovenstine says. “Our desire was to make sure that the Bible is still preeminent, that we’re not losing our touch to be able to place Bibles within China.”

Some of the questions these organizations are asking can only be answered by Chinese locals. To that end, Bibles for China and some of these other ministries plan to spend August finding out what they can directly from the horse’s mouth.

For example, several organizations noted that local printing presses have not produced as many Bibles this year as they typically would. “We want to address that and look into that to say ‘Is there a reason? Is there something we should know about?’” Rovenstine says. “We want to be on the ground in the places where the Bibles are printed and in the places where we can get answers to get some reasonable understanding of what 2020 will look like for our projects.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt