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Mission Expert: China Holds Potential to Complete Great Commission

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Expert sees large potential in China underground church

By Michelle A. Vu

11/20/09 China (ChristianPost)–If the Chinese church committed itself completely to mission it would be a great new force that could complete the Great Commission, a mission expert stated.

There are an estimated 100 million Christians in China, including members of the underground church, and the number is rapidly growing. Some have estimated that 30,000 people in China come to Christ every day, Dr. David Shibley, president of Global Advance, told The Christian Post Wednesday.

“I’ve seen it (mission movement) beginning in China and India,” said Shibley, whose organization focuses on empowering national leaders to plant churches among the unreached people groups. In India, an estimated 15,000 people are coming to Christ daily.

Shibley believes China and India are the great success stories of mission so far in the 21st century.

“China holds the potential to complete the Great Commission,” he said. “If the Chinese movement completely committed itself to mission it could and should become the great new mission force throughout the world.”

Shibley said Chinese missionaries could follow the Silk Road – an ancient network of trade routes connecting China to Europe through the Middle East and North Africa as well as to South Asia – and share the Gospel to the unreached people groups in the region.

Both China and India, which are the most populous countries in the world, lie in the 10/40 Window.

The 10/40 Window is a term mission leaders use to refer to the countries that lie between 10 and 40 degrees north of the equator. These countries contain the majority of the unreached people groups; are home to the three primary non-Christian religious systems – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam; and account for two-thirds of the global population.

Roughly 5,186 of the 6,639 unreached people groups are located in the 10/40 Window, according to Shibley. These 5,186 unreached people groups translate to 2.39 billion people.

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