Two young Chinese Christians used their honeymoon to visit a village in Iraq. Now they have stayed as missionaries working with Yazidi refugees in norther Iraq. They believe that the oppression they faced in China has prepared them for this work. More often Chinese Christians are deciding to become missionaries mostly to Muslim countries. Though there are still fewer Chinese Christian missionaries than the United States and South Korea, they could become one of the greatest exporters of the Christian faith.
07/18/2017 Iraq (South China Morning Post) – Last month’s execution of two Chinese missionaries by Islamic State (IS) militants in Pakistan put the risks of such work into stark relief but two young Chinese Christians who have lived close to an IS stronghold in northern Iraq for more than a year said life could be more peaceful there than back at home.
The South China Morning Post obtained an exclusive interview with the couple, who live in a guarded compound that serves as a refuge for women and children who have fled IS persecution.
Michael, 25, and Christy, 23, left China just over a year ago, right after their wedding, for one of the world’s most war-torn areas. Security concerns, in Iraq and in China, mean details of their identities cannot be revealed.
“It is not as torn up by warfare here as much as outsiders would read in the news, I actually feel safer here,” said Michael, comparing his experience in Iraq with life in China as a full-time worker in an underground Christian church. “Life could be described as normal here.”
There are no official statistics about the number of Chinese missionaries working overseas, and they often pose as businessmen or teachers for travel purposes. But estimates by some academics and mainland house churches say there could be hundreds, or even a couple of thousand.
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