Do you have a heart to become a missionary in China, but don’t know where to start? Well, now might be the time for you to look at brand new opportunities. For the past twenty years most missionaries have entered into China as English teachers, professors, and volunteer teachers and professors in rural areas, but China has grown suspicious. Those are no longer the best routes. Some missionaries have entered into China as humanitarian workers, but China has slowly been closing those doors as well.
However, a new door is opening up that Christian missionaries can take full advantage of – technology! China is working overtime to compete with Silicon Valley and officials from the north-central city of Baoding have set up offices specifically for enticing tech players to come to China.
According to one report, Baoding’s key strategy is “bring technologies in, exporting our products out,” which is great because that is kind of the same motto for the Gospel – “bring the Gospel in and send missionaries out.”
China is working hard to build up their domestic chipmaking industry and in many ways they are failing, so they are looking for more foreign influence. They have also become heavy hitters on the world stage for new app development like TikTok, UC Browser, and BeautyPlus.
China sees technology as a way for their nation to take the lead and become a first world super power on the world stage.
There are many IT jobs posted on www.eChinacities.com.
If you are an aspiring missionary without IT skills, you can still take advantage of this amazing opportunity. IT companies need translators, native English speakers, sales and marketing team members, executive strategists, motivational speakers, creative designers, social media consultants and a host of other things. China wants these skills and more!
The great thing about this open door is that missionaries can go to the field without needing to secure traditional missionary support from a network or churches.
Phemex, for instance, an e-commerce company in Shanghai, is looking to pay about $2000 USD per month for qualified individuals who can help communicate with their North American customers.
For way too long, Christians have viewed missions as a single task expedition, when in fact it is very multifaceted. Perspective Christian missionaries cannot really get a religious visa to China, so it is essential to look at other avenues – but not just any avenue. Missionaries must look at how their presence will help the people of China. How can they be a physical and spiritual benefit? Missionaries have the task of serving the many different needs of the community.
Right now, there is an excitement in China about the build up of the new IT industry. Young Chinese do not merely want to waste away in sweaty factories building trinkets for hours. They want to be a part of something new and exciting and make a difference with their life. Missionaries have an open door right now to connect with these young ambitious individuals and share with them the real meaning of life and introduce Jesus Christ.