An article in China’s Global Times newspaper, titled “Dangerous Mission,” tells the story –
The past decade has increasingly seen Chinese “house church” congregations send missionaries abroad, some with a focus on evangelization in the Islamic world. The missionaries do their best to adapt, learning the local language, dressing, acting and behaving like the local people. But the work can be risky, as apostasy and blasphemy might be against law in some predominately Muslim countries. Religious experts warn that Chinese Christians’ evangelism might cause safety concerns and diplomatic disputes.
The article provides several examples of house churches in China that are intent on sending missionaries abroad, particularly to Muslim countries in Asia.
Gao [Quanfu, head pastor of Light of Zion Church in Xi’an] believes that Chinese Christians have “natural advantages” when evangelizing in many parts of the world. “Most of the countries in Central and South Asia are friendly to China, which makes it easier for the Chinese Christians to preach the gospel in those nations, compared with the Western missionaries.”
But other factors are at work. I recently interviewed Dr Carsten Vala of Loyola University Maryland and a recognized authority on the growth of Christianity in China. He told me that as Chinese entrepreneurs and nationals increasingly move abroad to work, they are now founding churches around the world. This trend can only grow.
We have already seen sharp growth in the numbers of Korean missionaries serving in numerous countries. I suspect the Chinese are set to follow.