The underground house church of China has been using business to engage with locals, support missions work, preach the Gospel, provide visas for missionaries, and create sustainable income for persecuted minority groups for decades, but now these unique Chinese methods are also spreading to other communities.
The Chinese underground house church has a vision to send at least 100,000 missionaries into the nations between China and Jerusalem to help complete the Great Commission. They know that this task would be impossible using the current western missions model to support missionaries from church offerings. This is why most BTJ missionaries who leave out from China to serve in other nations, do so using a Kingdom Business model. The Kingdom Business model employed by the Chinese church in closed countries is not new, but was the bedrock of missions work for the first 300 years of Christian missions.
‘Business as Mission’ has been taught in the west and is a popular concept, but there is something different and unique in the clandestine way that the Chinese have been doing it and it harkens back to the first century church.
BTJ has worked with the Chinese underground house church in starting businesses ranging from factory production, to travel agencies, to restaurants, to computer stores, to alternative energy, to transportation companies, and even to starting hotels! We have started businesses with BTJ missionaries in North Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, and many more nations in the 10/40 Window and now we are showing missionaries from other nations how to do the same.
This year, Christian missionaries from several different nations have invited BTJ to share with them the successful unique methods that have been used by Chinese missionaries for decades in closed countries.
Just in a couple of months alone, BTJ will be hosting closed-door training seminars for house church leaders in Myanmar, Somalia, and Poland, to show how missionaries can cut the cord of church support and create sustainable income for themselves and others by using business.
One of the ways that Kingdom Business has been effective, as employed by the Chinese church, has been in supporting women who have been oppressed and trafficked. BTJ has been working with safe houses that have provided safety and shelter for women who have escaped human trafficking. Many of these women are unable to go back to their families and have been cut off from their communities.
BTJ missionaries from China work with these women, teach them how to build their own business, and invest seed money to get their businesses started, so that they can break the cycle of abuse by becoming independent and helping others.
Last year, BTJ worked with one such lady from Iran. She attended a BTJ Business as Mission training session and today her business has already employed 12 women and saved them from the streets!
Next week, BTJ will be doing a book tour with Mariam Ibraheem on her new book SHACKLED. Mariam was one such lady who was oppressed and sentenced to death by hanging because of her faith. Mariam used business as an effective way to be independent and this is a ministry that is close to her heart. That is why 100% of all book sales at the BTJ tour meetings will go to supporting businesses for women living in closed countries.
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