China Outreach Ministries

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China Outreach MinistriesChina Outreach Ministries (COM) highlights the enormous untapped potential for ministries aimed at evangelizing the Chinese students who are studying outside China.

What is the origin of China Outreach Ministries?

China Outreach Ministries was founded in the 1950s as the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM). In its early years, COCM / China Outreach Ministries simply funded Christian radio broadcasts into China.

When Chinese students began to arrive at American college campuses in the late 1980s, COCM USA changed its name to China Outreach Ministries and shifted its focus to evangelizing Chinese graduate students and scholars in America.

In 2016, China Outreach Ministries reported that its ~80 staff and 932 volunteers at 45 US college campuses shared the Gospel with 8,019 Chinese, and 81 of them returned to China as Christians "committed to making an impact for Christ." China Outreach Ministries reported 2016 revenues of $3.4 million, 76%, 16% and 6% of which were spent on campus, administration, and development, respectively.

Strengths

To share the Gospel with the Chinese in China, missionaries who are sent to China must leave home, spend the time and money to relocate to China, learn Chinese, breathe polluted air, drink polluted water, eat polluted food (see China Pollution), deal with cultural barriers, and evade the Chinese government's prohibition against evangelizing.

To share the Gospel with the Chinese in America, COM's volunteers can live at home, breathe clean air, eat and drink clean food and water, and walk or drive to the college campus in town to evangelize with freedom. It is a far more efficient model that enables any American Christian who lives near a college campus to serve as a missionary.

Weaknesses

COM presently has chapters in less than 3% (45) of the approximately 1,500 major US college campuses, and the 8,019 Chinese whom COM evangelized in 2016 represents 2.4% of the 330,000 Chinese college students and scholars in America in 2016, as well as 8.6 Chinese evangelized per COM volunteer per year, and one per $423 donated to COM.

COM's statement of faith declares, "We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of separation from God." As well as "separation from God," hell also embodies eternal damnation, suffering and punishment: "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched." (Mark 9:43)

Solutions

1.  COM volunteers should be less timid. 8.6 Chinese evangelized per COM volunteer per (9 month academic) year equates to about one Chinese evangelized per COM volunteer per month. If each COM volunteer were to share the Gospel with one Chinese per week instead of per month, the number of Chinese evangelized would quadruple and the average cost per evangelized Chinese would drop to about 100 donated dollars.

2.  Even with the current ratio of one Chinese evangelized per COM volunteer per month, if the number of COM volunteers, staff and the donations to COM were to increase 10 fold to about 10,000 volunteers being led by a staff of 800 on an annual budget of $30 million,* COM can evangelize all 330,000 Chinese college students and scholars in America - who will be the future leaders of China - before they return to China, assuming an average stay of 4 years in America.

3.  Any Christian living in or around any college campus in the world can share the Gospel at that campus, with or without joining COM. Pray, take your Bible, and share as your Lord and Savior commanded you.

4.  Instead of wealth & health or the Four Spiritual Laws, share the True Gospel.

* Chinese Communist Party spends much more than $30 million annually to indoctrinate US college campuses through Confucius Institute and CSSA.

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