Project China: A Growing Task

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.

Weekly Devotion Hebrews 12:1-2

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

We have a great cloud of witnesses to look to for an example of faith (ch 11). So we need to lay aside every weight and sin and run with patience the race of faith set before us. Doing so, we need to look to Jesus, our greatest example. He for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, despised the shame, and sits in victory at the right hand of God.

Lord, increase my faith. Help me to patiently press forward in my walk with You. Help me to lay aside sin and other hindrances and focus solely after You. Thank You for what Jesus endured to make salvation possible. Help me to be willing to endure much of the same for His glory.

Project China: A Growing Team

Buzz buzz.

My phone vibrated indicating I received a notification.

I took a sip of tea,  put down the green card paperwork I had been mulling over for my wife, and checked my phone.

“Bi EnKai wants to add you as a contact,” read the WeChat notification. WeChat is the main social media platform in China. Since Facebook is blocked by the government, WeChat is the go-to app for keeping up with and making new friends.

“Bi EnKai?” I thought. “Do I know a Bi EnKai?” The name didn’t ring any bells. I clicked on the link to view details and noticed a message from the mystery person:

“Hi. This is Kanon.”

“Kanon?” I remember thinking. The plot was thickening. No Chinese person chooses the English name Kanon. “Is this an American?” I wondered.

It was rare to meet Americans in my corner of China, and I hadn’t met any for a while.

Confused as to why this seemingly random person would add me as a contact, I was getting ready to get back to work. Time was getting down to the wire. I had just a couple of months left until my current contract and visa expired, and I wanted to secure a green card for my wife before I would have to renew my own paperwork for another year. I could hardly bear the thought of having to teach English another full year in China while there was a way to do full-time ministry instead.

I wanted to get back to America as quickly as possible and begin training to join Project China as a church planter.

“Wait…”

Suddenly, it hit me.

“Kanon!” It was a Eureka! moment for sure. Just a few days previous I had noticed a new face on the Project China website. A new missionary had been added to their ranks, and his name was Kanon.

I accepted the contact request.

In the months since my initial discovery of Project China’s website, their ranks had grown a person or three. Could it be that I could really join them one day? Could it be that I could become a full-time missionary to China?

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Much has happened in the last couple of years since Kanon added me on WeChat. I am now an official member of Project China. My family and I are raising our support to return to China as church-planters. Kanon and his wife have raised their support and are currently in China beginning language school. But perhaps most exciting of all is that our Project China ranks continue to grow and increase. There are currently thirteen members of Project China. There are thirteen men who have committed their lives, their families, and their futures to making the Lord Jesus Christ known among China’s billions.

What about you? Do you desire to make Him known in the country of China? Does a passion burn within you to make your life count for eternity by pleading with the people of China to turn to Christ?

Ask the Lord how you can be a part of reaching China. If you feel you are ready to take the next step, please don’t hesitate to contact us. That’s what I did.

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.