THE CHINESE IN THE UNITED STATES
|Rev. Sen Wong|
motto of the Chinese Bible Mission is, "The World In View, The
Chinese Our Goal." Today, there are approximately 2,000,000
Chinese in the United States with approximately 40% ABCs (American Born
Chinese) and the balance OBCs (Overseas Born Chinese). The Chinese were
originally brought here in the mid-19th Century to work on the railroads
and in gold mines. Being hard workers, they made good laborers but the
salary was very low. Often they were mistreated because of their
ethnicity. Gradually the Chinese got a foothold on American soil because
of their diligence in education and hard work.
majority of Chinese are from the Canton Province in Southern China. They
generally settled in California, but gradually dispersed to larger
cities such as New York City, Chicago, etc. Today approximately 40% of
the Chinese reside in the State of California. The two metropolitan
areas that have the largest population of Chinese are San Francisco and
Los Angeles. In the San Francisco Bay area alone there are approximately
400,000 Chinese. Because of the relaxation of the immigration laws in
recent years, over 50,000 Chinese immigrants are coming into the country
each year, thus swelling the number of OBCs. The majority of Chinese
churches in America are pastored by OBCs from Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Those born in this country to OBC parents are spiritually neglected.
ministry of the Chinese Bible Mission is threefold:
plant and establish Chinese independent Bible Churches, primarily among
the English-speaking Chinese. 2. Reaching and developing the young
people through Bible camps and conferences. 3. Producing Gospel
literature for mass evangelism. God has blessed this effort since
Chinese Bible Missionís inception in 1952. The Chinese Bible Mission
started as a mail evangelism ministry to the Chinese on the West Coast,
but gradually included church planting in 1956. God has blessed this
endeavor and thus, strong, Bible-centered churches have been established
in San Francisco, Sacramento, San Leandro, Belmont, Fremont and the
latest, San Ramon, all in Northern California. The total attendance in
these churches is around 2,000. Though our primary emphasis is reaching
the English-speaking Chinese, nevertheless, God has blessed so that
several of our churches have a Cantonese Department.
of our goals is to develop and train young men for the Gospel ministry.
God has blessed this emphasis resulting in many of our young men going
to Bible schools and seminaries and are now serving the Lord as pastors
in Chinese churches throughout the United States. We are now embarking
on a new internship program where young men can receive their
theological and practical training under the auspices of our Bible
churches. It will be a three-year program where we work in conjunction
with a fundamental Bible school on an extension program.
Today, there are well over 1.2 billion Chinese worldwide. Our hearts are heavy when we think of the great need among our fellow countrymen. Our Lord Himself said, "The fields are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few." Please join us in prayer that God would raise up many more of our Chinese young people for the whitened harvest field.
This article appeared in May/June 1997 issue of VOICE Magazine
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