6) Is it Time to Say Goodbye to Skype in China for Good?

skypeIt would seem so.

Twice in the past 7 days, we’ve received word about it. These are unrelated notes saying, “Please help us get the word out.” Some are saying that Microsoft (now owner of Skype) has made deals with the highest levels in China that permits them to monitor not only the Chinese version of Skype, but somehow, according to some, to monitor any version of Skype conversation that passes through their pipes. Can anyone show us definitive proof that these accusations are a rumor? If not, let’s just throw our hands up and head over to…

for good.

9) China Map Shows Percentage of Evangelicals per Province

chinaIt’s tough to get regional information about China, even though many of its provinces are the size of entire NATIONS in other parts of the world. But the Center for the Study of Global Christianity has made it easy (and free) for us at…

Note that since the map is a PDF, you can print it and take it with you. It’s accurate as of 2011.

1) Christianity in China: Economist Says it’s “Spreading Rapidly”

I suppose you’d have to be a complete recluse not to have heard about the spread of the Good News in China. But when the Economist runs the story, it’s clearly shaking the world.

There’s so much bad news these days. There are so many reasons to be sobered by challenging circumstances. Could we just pause for a moment and give thanks for the many hundreds of house church leaders who have endured horrible persecution to bring us to this day? Thank you God. (Thanks Caleb!)

2) TESOL Training in Chiang Mai

Copyright HolderLearn to teach English as a second language at Asia’s Center for TESOL. The next course is October 13-November 14, but you’d better click fast. There are only 2 places left. But you can always sign up for the course after that — January 5-February 6 2015. These are intensive, five-week courses leading to a TESOL certificate. This certificate is supported by Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. For the first three weeks, the classes are Monday-Friday, 8-4. For the last two weeks, the classes are 8-12, followed by a two-hour practicum in the afternoon or evening. This totals 120 hours in class and 20 hours of practicum (10 hours observing and 10 hours teaching). To learn more, visit

or contact Kathy

1) What will China Do with the Rise of Religion?

chinaHave you ever wondered how much it annoys Communist leaders when Christianity grows right under their noses, despite their best efforts to control it? I have. CNN’s piece on the rise of religion in China was both stimulating and encouraging. Read the whole story here …

And join me in prayer that God’s kingdom can DOUBLE in growth rate in China.

1) Wanted: Prayer Advocates for the Northern Dong of China

northern dongAre you willing to pray and/or advocate for the Northern Dong? Over 1/2 million Northern Dong live in China, with around 0.1% being evangelical believers. Read their Unreached People Group profile here…

Then, if God calls you to get involved in praying for them, please register your willingness at Joshua Project by browsing to…

Your reward might not be great here on earth. But if God raises up more harvesters for the Northern Dong people, and you see more Northern Dong wearing white robes on that day we all gather before the throne, won’t that be a reason to celebrate!?

6) Schoolteachers Needed In China; Housing & Wage Provided

Chinese_Children_01A “growing C—- school” in Yunnan Province, China, has an urgent need for teachers: pre-k, 1st grade, 2nd grade, middle school and high school. The school uses the Abeka curriculum. To satisfy government requirements, teachers must have a bachelor’s degree plus 2 years work experience or ESL certificate / diploma. The degree should be in education, although this requirement can be waived with ESL certificate. They ask teachers to arrive by August 11, to begin the semester on August 25. They offer housing, work visa, medical, and ~$1000 USD / month salary. This is a great opportunity to impact China in a beautiful setting! For more information, contact Dom at…

7) Unique Outreach to China Involves Global Learning and Curricula

friends4oneHow many ministries give you a chance to involve your kids in witnessing opportunities with children on the other side of the globe?! That’s what the folks at friends4one say they can do.

Get your kids engaged in mission to China through their global learning and outreach curriculum. Kids 6-12 are matched with a child in China. Through their secure website, they can make a friend, learn about another culture, and share the hope they have! (Thanks for the tip, Laura!)

3) Survival Chinese Lessons

survival chinese lessonsAre you headed to China on a missions trip, a vacation, to adopt a baby or live? Whatever your purpose, “Survival Chinese Lessons,” by Joann Pittman is a great place to start your Chinese language learning journey. It contains 15 short lessons assigned to give you just enough to function in very basic situations.

The lessons are brief, presenting only essential vocabulary and phrases, along with practice dialogues, learning tips, expansion activities, and easy-to-understand explanations. It also includes the complete Pinyin sound chart. The book comes with an mp3 CD that includes the sound chart, vocabulary, and practice dialogues.

The book can be purchased from Amazon:

9) Your Thoughts on this Article about China? —

chinaHave you worked in China? Know someone who does? What are your thoughts on this article, which holds that China is on course to become the “world’s most Christian nation” within 15 years.

(Thanks to Caleb, who tipped us off to this article. He actually thinks it’s a bit misleading, because, by another measure, one might talk about the proportion of the nation that is Christian – not just the sheer numbers of believers alone.)

11) Pandas, in Living Color, “Live” and Coming to your Screen

I know, I know. We’re supposed to be talking about missions. But every once and awhile, we feature something just because it’s fun. And is fun!

Click on the link in the upper left-hand corner, labeled Give the buffering time to catch up and — bam — live pictures of pandas in China.

Ain’t it a wonder. :-)

10) It’s not Too Late to Study/Teach This Summer in China

Believe it or not, here’s an opportunity you still might be able to make happen. Visit…

To learn about “Summer Bridge,” and

to learn about Summer Teaching. Put the two together, and it looks like you could spend virtually the entire summer in China. Download more details, brochures, and applications at the sites above.

8) Children in Mission to China

Some would say that culture and language are best learned through peer friendships, mission is best done through relationships, and children are a gift of God that He can uniquely use in his mission to lost and hurting people. In light of these truths, Friends4One offers an educational, missions engagement program that connects American Christian children with a child of the same age and gender in China. These 21st century pen pals use the internet to build a friendship and share Christ’s love. Check out…

to discover how you can connect more American children (12 and younger) in your family, church, Christian school or homeschool network with this unique opportunity to engage in relational, cross-cultural ministry. Write
infoatfriends4onedotorg if you are interested. (Word to the wise: In today’s environment, obviously, you’ll want to build in every safeguard imaginable so that these children aren’t misled.)

10) Chinese Worldview Today Summer Seminar —

It happens June 28-July 16, in Beijing and Xian, China. Via this seminar, you can learn about China by going to China! This 2-week intensive course will survey the core teachings, history and development of Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Buddhism, folk religions and Christianity in China. Presenters will lecture about the impact of these traditions on Chinese thought and society today. Lectures will be supplemented by field study, visits to important sites in Beijing and Xian. There is also an optional 3-week extension, teaching middle or high school Chinese students. The course is offered by the China Academic Consortium (CAC) with credit available through Denver Seminary for $1850. Contact

errcaterrchinadotcom for more information or visit

2) Internship Opportunity in China —

micMAC Global Solutions provides culture and language acquisition training. They have also recently expanded into software outsourcing. They are based in Qingdao, China and have launched an internship program for people interested in learning Chinese and working in ESL training, marketing, finance or software development.  Find out more at:


(And thanks to micMAC Global Solutions for support to Brigada.)


9) Make an Impact in China —

1.4 billion people are waiting to hear the gospel in China. You can be part of reaching them. Equip and empower China focused missionaries for life and ministry by sponsoring them in their language and cultural studies. Your contribution will not only provide them with the tools they need, but will also support the work of a long term team serving in Southwest China. For more information, check out

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