And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
We, the people of God, have been assigned a monumental task. We have been charged by our Creator and Lord, Jesus Christ Himself, to go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone.
The world population at the time of Jesus is estimated at around 300 million. While this certainly is a great number of people, today there are more people in the United States alone.
The Great Commission was certainly a huge task 2,000 years ago, but it becomes beyond tremendous coming into the 21st century. At the time of this article’s publishing, the world population has reached a staggering 7.6 billion. That’s Billion – with a B!
And the elephant in the room (or the panda in the thicket, if you will) is China, with a staggering 1.4 billion people within its borders alone.
A simple number crunch reveals that modern China alone has more than four times the population of the entire world when Jesus originally gave the Great Commission. More than four!
How then, as Christ’s ambassadors and heralds of His gospel, are we supposed to tackle the monumental task of preaching the gospel to everyone in China?
We at Project China are convinced that this will be accomplished one city at a time.
This article tells us that there are currently over 100 cities in China of over 1 million people each. What’s more, that number is expected to reach 200 by the year 2025 – just seven years away!
These cities need churches among them that will boldly preach the gospel, baptize converts, and teach believers the Word of God. They need churches that will reproduce themselves by starting other churches in their neighboring communities to faithfully advance the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection for sinners.
So what is Project China’s strategy? We currently have in place three “Initiatives” – game plans – for reaching three specific areas of China – the Northeast, Taiwan, and Shanghai.
In the Northeast, we have targeted 10 key cities within six northeastern provinces. The population of those 10 cities total 88 million and expands to 295 million if their surrounding metro areas are included. Our goal is for a church-planting missionary family from our team to live in each of these ten cities.
In Shanghai, we aim to have a church-planting missionary family with Project China in each of its districts. This one city alone is home to 24 million people! When the greater metro area is included, it expands to 34 million!
In Taiwan, we desire a church-planting missionary family with our team to reach five key cities of 1 million people each. The island is home to a total of 23 million people.
You may notice that these three initiatives only focus on three regions of China. There are still regions beyond that need missionaries as well. Missionaries are needed not only in the Northeast, Taiwan, and Shanghai; but also in the Yellow River Basin, the Yangtze River Basin, the Southern Coast, the Tibetan Plateau, and the Northwest.
Will you partner with us in prayer for the current three initiatives? Ask the Lord to bless our efforts in these three regions – the Northeast, Taiwan, and Shanghai. Ask Him to raise up a missionary family for each of the cities within those areas.
Will you pray that the Lord would continue to raise up men who will surrender to committing their lives to reach China’s billions with the gospel? Ask the Lord to grow our team to meet the growing task of reaching all of China with the gospel.
Will you ask the Lord how you can be a part? You can commit to pray regularly for China. You can commit to support a Project China missionary family. You can commit to surrender your life to Christ to be used the reach China with the gospel.
The Lord is doing exciting things in China! Would you consider being a part?
This is part of a series of articles about our growing team of missionaries, Project China. To learn more about Project China and find subsequent links to the websites of its missionaries, please visit our website at www.projectchina.org.