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Chinese Christians aim to evangelize Muslim world
Washington Post ^ | Julia Duin

Posted on 09/24/2011 5:23:31 PM PDT by AfricanChristian

Although today is the dawn of the Chinese New Year, most people are unaware that Chinese Christians are gearing up to be the world's most potent missionary force.

China? Christians? Sure enough. For decades now they've had plans to evangelize the Muslim world that lies along the old Silk Road route. This could be one of the most ambitious missionary enterprises in 2,000 years of Christianity. No national church has amazed the world as much as that of the Chinese. From 1 million at the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, it's grown to 100 million followers, a breathtaking growth in 60 years.

Evangelical Chinese Christians have come up with a way to evangelize a large portion of the world that will never see a western missionary. These are countries with large Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu populations, most of them located somewhere along a 7,000-mile route stretching from Xian in central China to the cities of Jerusalem, Antioch and Istanbul in the Middle East. Those were the ancient terminuses of the famous Silk Road.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; chinachristians; christianity; evangelism; silkroad

1 posted on 09/24/2011 5:23:37 PM PDT by AfricanChristian
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To: AfricanChristian

bfl


2 posted on 09/24/2011 5:24:39 PM PDT by tutstar
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To: AfricanChristian

awesome!


3 posted on 09/24/2011 5:24:52 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: ken21

By the blood of the saints!


4 posted on 09/24/2011 5:31:29 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: AfricanChristian

Our God (of Christians worldwide) is an awesome God. Chinese Christians with a heart for Muslims. God bless them. This is probably THE most difficult evangelical task in the world.


5 posted on 09/24/2011 5:36:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Jonty30

And even more the blood of Jesus Christ Himself.


6 posted on 09/24/2011 5:37:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: AfricanChristian
If given the choice between muslim and Christian what does China choose?

Chicoms know the muzzies will blow up their $hit and blame them for the sun rising as soon as they leave, or lose hold. They have to deal with the Christians.
7 posted on 09/24/2011 5:39:37 PM PDT by allmost
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To: ken21

In the past few months I read an article about Chinese scholars coming to the United States years ago, maybe to Harvard,and they were very interested in the connections between Christianity, capitalism and successful societies. Maybe it in was American Thinker...?? Anyone else recall this. I am too lazy to search.


8 posted on 09/24/2011 5:39:37 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: AfricanChristian
I love this. I will pray for their success!
9 posted on 09/24/2011 5:41:18 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: AfricanChristian

I know probably 50 Chinese. They are all now proud American citizens, 90% of them are devout Christians. My Doc proudly wears a Cross and American flag lapel pin.


10 posted on 09/24/2011 5:41:55 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

If there is any body of believers prepared to take the Gospel to the Muslim world, it’s the Chinese Church.

40 years of persecution under Mao has prepared them for anything the Muslims throw their way. If the Chinese Church could thrive under the most crippling persecution under Communism, they can thrive in the Middle East.

We can only pray for them.


11 posted on 09/24/2011 5:42:39 PM PDT by AfricanChristian
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To: AfricanChristian

Evangelization of Muslims is actually a rather successful story that hasn’t been focused upon much. Ironically it’s only in Europe where Muslims have been growing in numbers against the Christian population.


12 posted on 09/24/2011 5:43:23 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: AfricanChristian

God bless and protect these saints. Anyone read Randy Alcorns book “Safely Home” It’s inspiring. Bring tissues.


13 posted on 09/24/2011 5:44:16 PM PDT by Linda Frances
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To: AfricanChristian

Even yet the Chinese government hasn’t officially taken the lid off of a native Chinese church, which is officially expected to warp its theology to salute the state as sovereign. But not even the Chicom government can stop the power of God in the saints. Like Chinese gunpowder, it becomes more powerful when pressed on every side.


14 posted on 09/24/2011 5:48:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: AfricanChristian

Oh, God bless them and keep them safe, and give them the courage and strength to succeed and endure any and all treatment. I wish I had half their courage.


15 posted on 09/24/2011 5:55:06 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Pinetop

yes, i saw an article a few months ago here on free republic

about the same.


16 posted on 09/24/2011 5:55:54 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: AfricanChristian

Splendid. Thank you.


17 posted on 09/24/2011 5:59:16 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Praise Him all creatures here below.)
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To: Shadow44

There are no Christians left in Europe! Socialism has made sure of that. They are the beneficiaries of Christianity and the institutions it has fostered. This residual goodwill will in my humble opinion dissipate within one or two generations if nothing is done to correct this trajectory. Political Islam is making inroads in Europe not because it is Christian but because it is anything but. But there is hope. Europeans are realizing that they’ve been lied to for generations. The chickens are a coming home to roost. They still have time to right the ship, and movements are beginning to take shape i.e the EDL that if anything will realign the political dynamics in Europe.


18 posted on 09/24/2011 6:09:43 PM PDT by bubman
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To: bubman

Oh pshaw, there are still Christians in Europe, although nowhere near their past stature. There remains a fair sprinkling of little evangelical churches throughout Europe. And many Roman Catholics are giants of faith in Poland.


19 posted on 09/24/2011 6:13:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: AfricanChristian

Good luck.


20 posted on 09/24/2011 6:14:43 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: AfricanChristian

Increble. God be with them, and maybe they’ll send a few evangelists over here.


21 posted on 09/24/2011 6:17:15 PM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: AfricanChristian

Yeah,
Flip a bunch of moose limbs?
Good luck with that.


22 posted on 09/24/2011 6:24:00 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (Majo)
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To: ken21

Matthew 24:14 (NKJV) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”


23 posted on 09/24/2011 6:40:47 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (“Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address” - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: AfricanChristian

May God protect and encourage them, and meet their needs.

They’ve got a lot more courage than most American Christians.


24 posted on 09/24/2011 6:43:21 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: AfricanChristian

Wow!


25 posted on 09/24/2011 6:43:48 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: AfricanChristian

26 posted on 09/24/2011 6:49:11 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Like Chinese gunpowder, it becomes more powerful when pressed on every side

Whoa! Good one! That is really a keeper.

And may the Good Lord bless and protect these Chinese Christians.

27 posted on 09/24/2011 6:51:49 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Wow. May God bless them and their mission.

No national church has amazed the world as much as that of the Chinese. From 1 million at the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, it's grown to 100 million followers, a breathtaking growth in 60 years.

I'm sad to say that I did not know that.

28 posted on 09/24/2011 7:00:03 PM PDT by lonevoice (The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers, impeach we much)
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To: AfricanChristian

China deflates its growing Christian freedom movement by sending them to pacify the enemy. And if they’re all lucky, will bring Muslim women into Chinese-Christian marriages and deflate the Muslim population bomb driving modern Jihad. If it works, the world wins.


29 posted on 09/24/2011 7:01:54 PM PDT by tbw2
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Good, because they won’t hear any b.s. prosperity gospel or The Purpose Driven Li(f)e type nonsense. I’ll say it again. . .I don’t doubt there are more true Christians in China than there are in N. America.


30 posted on 09/24/2011 7:05:58 PM PDT by Hayride
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To: T Minus Four

Ping


31 posted on 09/24/2011 7:38:40 PM PDT by 4mer Liberal (Please support the SFTSOTWDIABMTTPBTTASIFTF)
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To: tutstar
They surely risk,"losing their heads". May our prayers join them or if otherwise, inclined - our best hopes - for success.

Good grief. . .imagine our world, If those, 'otherwise disinclined'/resistant to the gravity of a moral universe; prevailed. We know, of course; all inherent, in such a threat.

By contrast, imagine the novelty to those heretofore, indisposed, to concepts such as "Do Unto Others" and "Love Thy Neighbor" - as Thyself'; newly fashioning one's moral 'lights'. Imagine the life-changing wisdom per the need and the power, of 'Forgiveness'. An alien idea to those not otherwise, acculturated to such.

Given the excruciating realities of today's ideological demographics; a conversion to an authentic - i.e. Moral - rationale; IS Humanity's ONLY hope, for a value-prosperous survival. . . in this world.

32 posted on 09/24/2011 7:54:02 PM PDT by cricket
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To: Hayride

Oh, the Chinese have their fair share of mod-syncretistic wackos. When the Chicoms want to smear Christianity they often trot out some of these — not necessarily mainstream Christians — to be ridiculed, then shot or tortured. They know that mainstream Christianity gets wide popular respect.


33 posted on 09/24/2011 7:54:40 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: allmost

Chicoms should also understand, and they do, that they can turn their backs to Christians without the danger of getting stabbed.


34 posted on 09/24/2011 8:05:27 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The same can be said about the Vietnamese.

Go to the Vietnamese shopping mall in Houston and nowhere do you read “Happy Holidays” during Christmas time — it’s always “Merry Christmas”. They even have the audacity to show a manger scene.

And you will never hear CAIR or the ACLU complain about it.


35 posted on 09/24/2011 8:16:04 PM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: AfricanChristian

May God protect these brave believers and bless their efforts.


36 posted on 09/24/2011 8:46:30 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Tapuchim udvash l'Rosh Hashanah! L'Shanah Tovah!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
Do NOT evangelize the Muslim world. Bomb them back to the Stone Age and turn Mecca, Medina, and Qom into fused-glass, self-lighting parking lots for 2,500 years.

Then, convert the surviving Muslims to Christianity and drop their Imams in the crater where Mecca used to be.

I know. I'm such a softie for our Mooslime brethren . . . NOT.

37 posted on 09/24/2011 11:51:58 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: AfricanChristian

I was getting excited about this until I noticed the source - Wapo.

This article states there are 100,000,000 Christians in China. More reliable sources admit they don’t know how many Christians there are with nearly that much precision.


38 posted on 09/25/2011 6:31:21 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: AfricanChristian

These Christians from China ARE DOING what Jesus COMMANDS all Christian believers to do, get HIS GOSPEL out to ALL THE NATIONS.


39 posted on 09/25/2011 9:09:10 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Plus there are many areas in the global south where the Christian Church is growing. Most likely they will end up sending missionaries to the west to re-evangelize it.


40 posted on 09/25/2011 9:12:38 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl; All
40 posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 11:12:38 AM by Biggirl: “Plus there are many areas in the global south where the Christian Church is growing. Most likely they will end up sending missionaries to the west to re-evangelize it.”

Sending missionaries to the West is already happening, and has been for a long time.

Go look at the huge number of Korean Presbyterians and their growth rates.

Then take a look at the state of the Church of Scotland, the Presbyterian Church (USA), or most of the Dutch Reformed churches. Those were once the three major powerhouses of Calvinist worldwide missions and church growth, and all are now in steep decline.

Even in the American South with its strongly evangelical commitments, there are interesting situations. The Presbyterian Church in America, which by any standards is an evangelical denomination with deep roots in the former Southern Presbyterian (PCUS) tradition, never had a congregation anywhere near Fort Leonard Wood in south-central Missouri until a Korean Presbyterian pastor who had served with United States soldiers decided to plant a PCA congregation for the wives of American soldiers since he saw from firsthand experience in the military that many American soldiers badly needed the gospel.

Kind of ironic that it took a Korean Presbyterian pastor to decide that American soldiers needed the gospel preached to them near a major American military installation in the South.

(Full disclosure: I happen to belong to an Associate Reformed Presbyterian congregation. I'm well aware of the confessional integrity issues with the PCA. I cite this not to say good things about the PCA.)

My point is that even in the South, it's increasingly common to find third-world missionaries doing church planting. For Presbyterians that typically means Koreans and sometimes Brazilians. For Anglicans, it usually means Nigerians or other African churches. For other historic denominations it may be different ethnic groups, but less and less commonly does that mean whites of European ancestry.

41 posted on 10/15/2011 6:18:27 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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