Asia

Asia · 16. February 2020
More (on-line) Dialogue than Ever -------------------------------- Report on China V i r g i n i a / U S A -- The current media images of empty streets and sidewalks are an eerie reminder that life as usual has come to an abrupt halt for 1.4 billion people. It seems impossible that this could happen on such a large scale, but conversations with friends and colleagues across the country confirm that people are in their apartments, going out only to buy necessities. Food stores and markets and...
Asia · 07. December 2019
Christ’s Heavenly Kingdom is the Issue ------------------------------------------------------------------- Transitioning Chinese Christians from Religion to Faith By Ling Fenglei, a lawyer in Shanghai region Editor’s note: Born in 1970, Ling Fenglei received a law degree from “Suzhou University Law School” (near Shanghai) in 1992. Five years later, he became a Christian and helped found an evangelical group in Suzhou, the “Jiangnan Fellowship”, in 2009. In 2018 he became editor of a...
Asia · 01. September 2019
It’s Quality that the Church is Still Lacking ------------------------------------------------ Observations on a Visit to China Commentary L a d u s h k i n -- Chinese church life appeared bereft of any worries when I visited “Shanghai Community Church” in the west of the city on 14 July. This once-Anglican congregation offers four services on Sundays in either Chinese and English. Total attendance that day approached 3.000 souls; 40-50 nations including most of Sub-Saharan Africa were...
Asia · 01. September 2019
Having Friends on Both Sides --------------------------------------------- Soft Diplomacy in Korea L a d u s h k i n -- A photo on the webpage of “Mennonite Central Committee” (MCC) from the summer of 2018 shows a thin, Asian gentleman sitting on a tractor in Manitoba/Canada. The gent happens to be Ri Yong Phil, North Korea’s (DPRK) ambassador to the United Nations. His visit and the visit of a delegation of agricultural experts to Canada at the same time are fruits of the Mennonite...
Asia · 30. December 2018
39,7 Million – not 200 Million ----------------------------------------------- Report on a visit of Chinese journalists to Moscow M o s c o w -- Evangelicals in the USA and in Russia have something in common: Both view the Christian church of China as persecuted but growing rapidly. Yet according to two young Chinese journalists who visited Moscow in mid-December at the invitation of the Russian Evangelical Alliance, both perceptions are essentially false. Westerners speak of as many as 200...
Asia · 17. August 2017
What Should Christians Call God in Mongolian? -------------------------------------------------------------------- Something significant has happened in Mongolia M o s c o w -- At least in terms of percentages, Protestant mission in what may be the world’s coldest and sunniest country qualifies as an incredible success story. Starting with between four and 40 believers in 1990 (numbers vary), Protestants in Mongolia now number at least 50.000 in 500 local congregations. Four years ago the...
Asia · 14. July 2017
A Start has been Made ----------------------------------------------- On a Visit to China and the Russian Far East Reportage M o s c o w -- Conventional wisdom would have us believe it’s the USA that deals in grand sizes and massive projects. But only in Asia can one see a railway station three avenues wide, three stories high and 420 meters long. (Not including the attached airport terminal next door.) That’s Shanghai’s Hongqiao station. The futuristic, oval-shaped Beijing station may be...
Asia · 21. April 2014
Not the worst of times --------------------------------------- Report on the Protestants of Central Asia Eine deutsche Fassung dieses Textes ist nicht vorhanden. A s t a n a -- Thirty-three-year-old Kamoliddyn Abdullaiev of Dushanbe, the head of Tajikistan’s 400-member Baptist union, is pleased that atheism is not an issue for Muslims. “Talking with Muslims about our faith is easier than with unbelieving Russians who think they are Orthodox,” he ascertained. “Families are strong and the...
Asia · 17. August 2013
Not the Worst of Times ------------------------------------------ The future of Lutheranism in Central Asia M o s c o w -- The weak strains of aged female voices still waft through Omsk, Siberia’s Lutheran church during its German-language Sunday service. No organ is desired and the 20-or-so women sing from hymnals printed in the Gothic script and vernacular of imperial Germany. Elderly women remain significant players in Russia. Lutheran discussion on the role of women wanders all over the...
Asia · 23. April 2013
A Possibly Historic Breakthrough ------------------------------------------------------- Has something significant happened in Mongolia? M o s c o w -- At least in terms of percentages, Protestant mission in what may be the world’s coldest and sunniest country qualifies as an incredible success story. Starting with between four and 40 believers in 1990 (numbers vary), Protestants in Mongolia are now said to number at least 50.000 in 500 local congregations. The “Mongolian Evangelical...

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