Stuart Bullington has been working with Chinese students in the US, Asia and the UK for more than 20 years. He suggests that students need to be prepared in three ways in order to succeed when they return to China[i]. Firstly, they need to be discipled as a Chinese believer (contextualized discipleship). Secondly, they need to receive specific training in order to understand the issues they will face on returning home and to develop coping strategies (pre-return training). Thirdly, they need to be introduced into networks of churches and other believers in China (networking). In this article we will consider the first of these – contextualized discipleship.
At Thriving Turtles, our mission is to facilitate culturally appropriate discipleship of Chinese returnees. What do we mean by “culturally appropriate“? It means to disciple them as a “Chinese” believer rather than an “Australian” believer. Maybe this seems a small point, but it makes all the difference when they return home to China, to live as a Chinese Christian, to worship in a Chinese Church and be a blessing to a Chinese community. We want to send home Chinese believers who know how their Christian faith answers the questions the Chinese world is asking and know how the gospel transforms a Chinese persons life so they can glorify God in a Chinese way.
This issue we highlight two articles for your perusal.