Monday, October 13, 2008

China, Theological Education & Missions

Watching the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, I cannot help but think about China as a world superpower. I kept suggesting to people that they should think about moving to China - not so much because of the immense wealth that will keep building up over the next few decades there but more because of the potential China has in terms of

For years, we have been treating China only as a mission field where we send laborers TO. The time has come for us to think of China as a place where we can send laborers FROM. To truly make the transition from being a missions receiving nation to a missions sending nation, the Chinese church needs to have a new missions mindset. This new missions mindset needs to be supported by a corresponding education infrastructure as well. In the past, the “training centers” in China were developing workers to evangelise mainland China but they now need to
develop missionaries that can function effectively in cross-cultural settings. To do that, they will need the partnership of the Church outside China.

We want to be bridge-builders to help establish the networking for this new infrastructure to take place. Our roles as Malaysian Chinese missionaries to APTS will be very helpful for that. Being our partner, you are also partnering with the Chinese Church.

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