Many people look at the ministry of Back to Jerusalem and the needs in China and wonder if BTJ is large enough to meet all the needs of the Chinese people. The easy answer to that question is no. There is no way one single ministry could meet all of the needs of the Chinese people. This is why God has called so many believers from around the world to share the burden and carry out His will. It might surprise many Christian believers to find out who is in China, making a difference.
Though the vision of Back to Jerusalem is massive, the actual registered organization of Back to Jerusalem is very small. However, our small team has worked in China for many years and we know the ministries working in China and the many opportunities that are available for believers around the world to both give and serve.
Below is a list of 10 ministries, in no particular order, that we personally know are on the ground in China and making a difference. Not only are these ministries in China, but in many cases they are in the most unreached areas of the world, preaching the Gospel.
Few organizations in the world are like Samaritan’s Purse. BTJ missionaries secretly ran Operation Christmas Child for about six years and distributed hundreds of thousands of shoe boxes to unreached children all over China. Whenever we respond to natural disasters in China, Nepal, Pakistan, Iraq, etc., Samaritan’s Purse personnel are right there on the ground serving as well.
They are a great organization to donate to and volunteer with. They have many opportunities available for Christians to serve.
The International Mission Board
IMB is a Baptist Christian mission group and is, by far, one of the most aggressive mission groups in China today. Missionaries can not go anywhere in the 10/40 Window and not see Southern Baptist missionaries from the IMB.
“But I am not Baptist,” you might say. Who cares! The underground house church in China does not care about denominations. They care about preaching the Gospel to most unreached and IMB is dedicated to that. They do not just say that they care about reaching the unreached – they put more resources into actually doing it than almost any other group on earth.
IMB supported the printing of more Bibles in China and the production of more teaching materials through BTJ, than almost any other single organization.
If for no other reason, IMB deserves to be on this list because on July 7, 1873 they sent fire-brand missionary Lottie Moon to China.
Hands of Hope Joyce Meyer Ministries
Many believers might be shocked to see Joyce Meyer Ministries listed as a mission organization. Never judge a ministry by judgmental headlines: we know from personal experience that Joyce Meyer Ministries, through their outreach arm – Hands of Hope – are more invested in taking the Gospel to unreached areas than most mission organizations. Most of the time they do not even talk about what they are doing to preach the Gospel in closed countries, but they send medical teams to disaster areas, relief to China, Bibles to North Korea, ministry tools to Iraq, and operate satellite ministries to reach the middle east.
They have secretly invested tens of millions of dollars to support the underground house in China, and to respect the security of the pastors in China, have never mentioned the programs in their publications or broadcasts.
Hand of Hope has amazing volunteer opportunities – especially for medical and dental personnel.
Is there any missionary in the world that has worked in closed countries and NOT encountered Youth With a Mission (YWAM) missionaries? They are the single most radical Christian youth ministry involved in China. They truly operate by faith and are often jokingly referred to as Youth Without Money, but their missionaries should wear that as a badge of honor; they have never let lack of resources stop them from preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the early 2000s, a group of poor Chinese farmers wanted to preach the Gospel in unreached nations, but didn’t have a way to get funding or residential visas in the nations where they were called. YWAM missionaries were the first to respond. Together with BTJ, a chain of hotels were started through the training and consulting provided by YWAM professionals, who were experts in the field of running hotels in China.
There are many YWAM missionaries serving in China today.
For those who are ready to take a leap of faith, YWAM provides many opportunities to serve the Great Commission.
Any missionary that has spent five minutes in China would have quickly found the ‘English as a Second Language’ mission mafia. Teaching English has been, and remains to be, the number one way to access China for missionaries. Almost all of the closed nations in the 10/40 Window are hungry for English teachers and missionaries are the only ones that are crazy enough to do it.
Teaching English as a second language can be a great idea for college students that want to serve on the mission field during a gap year. It can also be a great idea for retired believers who have more time on their hands after a change in their career.
There are several organizations out there that provide English teaching opportunities. It is important to listen to the testimonies of other believers that have done this, pick a reputable Christian organization to volunteer with and do plenty of research prior to volunteering. There have been numerous reports of secular organizations that have abused their teachers, confiscate their passports, and hold them hostage.
Christian Aid Ministries
BTJ had the distinct privilege of serving together with Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), during the Sichuan earthquakes in 2008. They are an amazing group of radical believers. CAM is an extremely trustworthy and efficient channel for Amish, Mennonite, and other conservative Anabaptist groups and individuals to minister to physical and spiritual needs around the world.
Their stated goal is to “connect people who want to help with people who need help.”
They are located in a small rural area of Ohio, but have provided hundred of millions of dollars of aid to hurting people around the world. They are actively involved in the 10/40 Window and have a high level of accountability. Anyone working with them should feel extremely fortunate.
Faith Comes by Hearing
Faith Comes by Hearing is an amazing ministry that provides the Gospel message to more people around the world than almost any other organization.
Confession time: I owe them a lot! If the truth is to be told, I have stolen more from this organization than any other organization out there. They keep putting out amazing audio Bibles in languages that I desperately need and so I have downloaded them and put it on listening devices. I only (kind of) got permission to do so after already doing it, when one of their representatives at a meeting I attended openly forgave me for my sinful ways.
Faith Comes by Hearing is an organization that works hard to put the Word of God into the hands of people who have never heard before. If you have ever wanted to support or volunteer for an organization that is making a difference – this is your chance – with Faith Comes by Hearing.
If you are reading this list from Europe and are looking for an organization that you can partner with to impact the world for the kingdom of Jesus Christ – look no further than AVC.
AVC has been serving the underground house church in China since the very beginning days and they are actively involved in some of the most closed nations on earth, like North Korea.
AVC started in Germany in 1972, in order to help persecuted Christians in areas controlled by the former Soviet Union. They cut their teeth supporting Christians living behind the Iron Curtain. They focus on a very holistic approach to spread the Gospel message through love, relief, and charitable work.
There is no other organization out there doing work in the 10/40 Window that BTJ knows more intimately than AVC. If you are looking for an organization to volunteer with or donate to, you will not go wrong with AVC.
Plain Compassion Crisis Response
Plain Compassion Crisis Response is a disaster relief organization made up of ‘plain people’ (their label – not mine). The organization was conceived around the time that BTJ made a trip to Pennsylvania to preach among the Amish, Mennonite, and Anabaptist groups and they were inspirational. Those meetings changed our lives forever.
The response to Brother Yun’s message and the Chinese vision of Back to Jerusalem was phenomenal and we immediately connected with what God was stirring in the hearts of the people in Lancaster County. After those meetings, Plain Compassion Crisis Response immediately began supplying aid, people, and resources to Iran in 2014. They currently have a vision to “continue spreading the love of God through disaster relief and humanitarian aid and to equip this generation with the leadership skills needed to live a God-honoring life in today’s world.”
The International House of Prayer in Atlanta is a power house! They are kind of the whole package. They are a group of believers that have been praying 24/7 without stopping for about 15 years, but it is not just their prayer that is making an impact. They are sending out disciples to transform the nations.
They have an unparalleled training program for frontier missions. It has been designed to prepare young leaders to make disciples among unreached people groups and to plant churches in the hardest-to-reach nations on earth. Their school is a 10-month intensive program that focuses on prayer, worship, classroom training, and ministry equipping at their campus in Atlanta.
We have partnered with IHOP Atlanta for several years and they are by far one of the most inspirational mission groups out there, though they may not consider themselves a mission group. They are not just a mission sending organization – they also provide pastoral care, business infrastructure, and strategic leadership for missionaries that volunteer with them.
IHOP Atlanta has many opportunities available for those that are willing to leave everything behind and join the MISSION.
This is list is in NO WAY a complete list of organizations that you should consider supporting. These are just the top 10 organizations that we have personally worked with, or have been exposed to, in the past and HIGHLY recommend to those looking to donate or volunteer. There are many other organizations that are doing amazing work that we have also worked with, but we simply did not have the time to cover in this article. There are also amazing organizations that have been serving for many years in the 10/40 Window, but we have simply not had the privilege of working with them yet.
In addition to recommending organizations, we would also like to speak directly to those that are still not certain how they should donate or volunteer their time. You might be reading this list and are uncertain where you are in your walk with Christ. You are a Christian, you love the Lord, but honestly – you have never really done a deep dive into the Word of God.
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