Chinese Ministry

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]

We Chat, God Connects

July 25, 2014 | Chinese Ministry
Cathy was a sales manager for a clothing retailer in Shenzhen, China. A young mother in her early thirties, she was a victim of domestic abuse that eventually led to divorce. Cathy discovered our radio program, Good News, which introduced her to our daily Chinese Today devotional on Wechat. “Wechat” (called Weixin in China) is the hottest new social media tool, with close to 400 million active users. What began as a mobile voice and text messaging app has now evolved into a venue for video and live chat. Wechat is the fifth most used smartphone app in the world. This new media outlet offered Cathy something she couldn’t get through radio: a listening ear; a friend who could help her through this difficult time. She was particularly touched by a Chinese Today devotional on family. “I realize why I had a rough time in my marriage,” Cathy wrote in…[Read More]

Volunteer Helps Bring Chinese Today to iPhones

April 14, 2014 | Chinese Ministry
Kevin was searching for a way to use his skill as an iPhone app developer to serve the Lord. Back to God Ministries’ Chinese outreach was searching for someone to help make the Chinese Today devotional more accessible. It was a perfect match. Kevin, who lives in Bejing and reads the Chinese Today regularly, contacted our Chinese outreach and volunteered his skills to help bring Chinese Today to iPhones­—something that would typically cost thousands of dollars! “I always wanted to use my professional skills to serve God,” says Kevin. “I found the Chinese Today very helpful and I was filled with joy and energy to jump into this project.” Recently, China announced it has reached 600 million Internet users and 80% of them access it through their smartphones. This creates a huge potential for God’s Word and devotional messages from the Chinese Today to become even more accessible. As Kevin…[Read More]

Chinese Outreach Provides ‘Source of Nourishment’

December 30, 2013 | Chinese Ministry
As Wen gave her life to the Lord, she did so wholeheartedly, even quitting her current job to serve in a church. Still, due to China’s lack of biblically-sound resources, she had a lot of misconceptions about what it meant to be a believer. “Her beliefs were not grounded on God’s Word,” says Jean Chen, Back to God Ministries Chinese program producer. “They were twisted in her fellow man’s teaching.” Many of Wen’s misconceptions came from the Internet, so believers in China must be especially careful when using web resources. Still, church leaders point to our websites as a trusted source. When our Chinese ministry team visited China, they heard about Wen’s story and invited her to one of their conferences. Here, the team shared resources from Bible and Women, the outreach’s newest radio program and website designed to encourage women in China just like Wen. “The site reaches young women…[Read More]

Short trip, Long-Term Change

September 10, 2013 | Chinese Ministry
Feng was not hearing what he expected. Usually when outreach teams visit his college in China, they preach a message from the Bible.  But when our Chinese outreach team came in August, he heard a presentation on websites, radio programs, and devotional booklets. The message bothered Feng. During the lunch break, he even questioned our team on their motives, wondering if they were simply trying to promote their products. But as he continued listening, he realized how the resources they were sharing provide a lifelong tool for believers in mainland China. “You do not just bring a one-time teaching,” Feng told the Chinese team, “but long-term resources to help us continue to grow in God’s Word and follow Him.” As only 7 to 8 percent of China’s population calls themselves Christians, Feng expects many of his college classmates to criticize him for his faith. Still, he wanted to know the…[Read More]