Chinese Ministry

Rev. Jen’s Dream: Equip the Church in China

June 22, 2016 | Chinese Ministry
Anticipating what would have been the 90th birthday of Rev. Isaac Jen, Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) is releasing a special anniversary issue of Rev. Jen’s book, Systematic Theology. The book, first published in Chinese in 1974, the year Rev. Jen started the Chinese media ministry of BTGMI, was and still is one of the few systematic theology resources available in China. “We are printing this special memorial edition both to honor Rev. Jen’s contribution to Chinese ministry and to fulfill his desire to provide solidly Reformed resources for believers and church leaders in China,” explains Pastor Jerry An, current ministry leader for BTGMI Chinese media outreach. “Our plan is to send this book as a free gift to churches and seminaries in mainland China,” Pastor An adds. Laisin Cheung, BTGMI Chinese ministry administrator, says the idea came as the staff was taking inventory of resources tucked away in…[Read More]

The Right Message at the Right Time for China

March 30, 2016 | Chinese Ministry
The Christian faith is gaining momentum in China. The Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) Chinese team is strategically placed to give leadership to the growing Christian influence in this changing country. “Various reports show that up to five percent of the Chinese population identify themselves as Christians,” notes Pastor Jerry An, BTGMI Chinese ministry leader. “In the next few years we will know if the Christian church will continue its rapid growth.” Christian media is crucial to the growth of the church in China. “People spend up to four hours a day on their smart phones and social media,” says An. “Any ministry that is not available on a smart phone will not be relevant.” In 2015, BTGMI Chinese ministry launched a mobile app called Be Thou My Rhythm. The app provides high-quality, biblically sound content, integrated with current issues “We work in partnership with more than 80 Christian…[Read More]

Chinese Wedding Festival

March 23, 2016 | Chinese Ministry
“One man and one woman, one husband and one wife, one family and one life, one heart and one mind.” This past Valentine’s Day, more than 2,000 spectators gathered for the 3rd International Marriage and Family Festival in Los Angeles, CA to witness Chinese couples commit to living out these Biblical marriage values. Dozens of local Chinese clergy also attended the event, which focuses on putting God at the head of marriage. “Sixty couples from the US, China, and Singapore took or renewed their marriage vows as a testimony to commit to and promote a marriage with Biblical values,” reports Pastor Jerry An, Chinese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. The BTGMI Chinese team co-hosted the event. “Our specific role was to provide in-depth coverage of the event through new media platforms,” explains An. “The BTGMI Chinese department was creative in bringing awareness to the event through various…[Read More]

A Chinese Scholar Meets Jesus

December 23, 2015 | Chinese Ministry
When Wai* moved to the United States from China, he came with an open mind. As a scholar, he knew he would learn things that would further him in his career. He didn’t realize he’d learn things that would transform his entire life.   “Ever since I came to the States, I have been learning more and more about Christianity,” Wai says. “But I couldn’t have the faith to believe.”  Yet something kept tugging at Wai’s heart. He downloaded Back to God’s Chinese app, Be Thou My Rhythm, and regularly spent time reading the devotionals, articles and listening to praise music. “One night, I read an article from your app telling that faith through Jesus Christ could turn my life upside down,” Wai says.   In God’s providence, Wai connected with some Christians in his new community, so he began asking questions. Through their conversations, the light went on.   It’s all about Jesus  “I understood the faith I had been…[Read More]

From Paper to Platform, Reframing Lives

October 21, 2015 | Chinese Ministry
Like most millennials, Summer Tang’s phone is her lifeline to the world. It’s her source for news, entertainment, spiritual encouragement, and connectivity to her peers and family--every aspect of her life relies on it. Because of this digital evolution in how people receive and transfer information, the Back to God Ministries International Chinese team is revising their ministry strategy to better equip users like Summer. In fact, our Chinese team has become a leader in responding to the digital media boom. They’ve revised their outreach approach in order to reach more people with more resources, refocusing efforts to create the mobile app platform, Be Thou My Rhythm.   In addition to a digital version of the daily devotional, Today, the app contains a variety of solid biblical resources. Through many partnerships, our Chinese ministry now provides multi-faceted Christian resources for the growing number of seekers and younger believers in China.…[Read More]

Hungry for God

September 17, 2015 | Chinese Ministry
“I am hungry for God’s Word,” shares Rui, a new believer who just began her career after receiving her Master’s degree. Hoping to satisfy her spiritual hunger, Rui uses the Chinese Today, a daily devotional produced by the Chinese outreach of Back to God Ministries International. Our Chinese staff met Rui while attending the Midwest Chinese Christian Revival Conference in Cincinnati, OH this past summer. Upon hearing her desire to grow deeper in her faith, they introduced her to our Chinese ministry’s new app,Be Thou My Rhythm. “The app includes the Chinese Today among its eight programs, but offers so much more,” explains Jean Chen, Back to God Ministries International Chinese producer. “It includes an audio version of the daily devotional with wonderful music background, as well as additional topics from seven other areas--family, relationships, culture, career, deeper spiritual reading, and humor.”  As a new Christian, Rui was grateful to…[Read More]

Celebrating Jimmy Lin

July 20, 2015 | Chinese Ministry
Rev. Jimmy Lin retires on July 1, 2015 after 25 years of faithful service to Back to God Ministries International. During these years of ministry Rev. Lin has witnessed the continual opening of China to the outside world—and to the Gospel. “Rev. Isaac Jen started the Chinese ministry in 1974. It was not an easy time,” explains Rev. Lin. “China was under much stricter communist rule.” Rev. Jen continued to expand ministry in China until his unexpected death in 1988. Two years later, Rev. Lin joined Back to God Ministries and picked up the mantle of ministry. “That was also not an easy beginning, especially without a mentor to lean on.” Rev. Lin credits the support of a growing, dedicated ministry team. “Through the years we have added many countries in radio coverage, published the Chinese Today, distributed tens of thousands of discipleship materials, and established important connections with Christian communities…[Read More]

BTGMI Announces Jerry An as Chinese Ministry Team Leader

April 27, 2015 | Chinese Ministry
Back to God Ministries International (BTGMI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerry An to the position of Chinese ministry team leader.  Kurt Selles, Director of Back to God Ministries International affirms, "We are so grateful that God has led Jerry An, who is so gifted and passionate about God's kingdom, to serve as the leader of our Chinese media ministry." Mr. An came to BTGMI in 2013 to serve as Chinese ministry program director. An stated, “Naturally, Back to God Ministries and I crossed paths because we share the same urgent vision for media ministry. God has a special plan for every individual and the plan echoes the growth of each person’s life.” As program director, An played a vital role in building partnerships with nearly 60 media organizations throughout North America and China. This has been crucial in the development and implementation of the new Chinese mobile…[Read More]

Going Paperless

March 28, 2015 | Chinese Ministry
Yu-Ning started subscribing to the Chinese Today booklet last year. “If it were not for the Today I would have strayed from the Lord,” she says. Yu-Ning is one of the thousands of readers who receive the devotional in print form. Over the past twenty-five years, the Gospel message in the Chinese Today has expanded its reach from a few thousand in the early 1990s to 70,000 in 2014. Its teachings remain relevant and inspiring to subscribers–old and new. However, with today’s trend of online and mobile users, the digital readership has exploded to at least 250,000 users. With the ongoing boom in digital media, the Chinese Today plans to go paperless. By focusing their efforts on the digital version of Today, the Chinese ministry can now produce a multi-faceted version of the daily devotion. “Going paperless allows us to provide our readers with much more than the simple printed…[Read More]

100 Children in China

October 13, 2014 | Chinese Ministry
Dale and Jean Quesnel have more than 100 “children”—and a few grandchildren—all living in China. “It’s all of God,” says Dale, a retired tool and die maker from New Hamburg, Ont. “God arranged it and put it together.” It all began when the Quesnels learned about Chinese university graduates coming to study engineering for one year at the University of Waterloo. The students, all employees of the same oil company in China, also wanted to learn Western culture and improve their English. So Dale and Jean offered ELL (English Language Learner) classes through their church. “As part of this class we also teach them about God,” explains Dale. “Most want to know about Jesus, this book called the Bible, and how God fits into the whole scheme of things.” The Quesnels learned about Back to God Ministries Chinese devotional resources available and began giving the Chinese Today to students who…[Read More]