What Millennials Can Learn about Missions from the Chinese Christians

Have you ever been surprised at how much stuff you have? We are literally a generation of Christians with more and more stuff – cars, clothes, gadgets, widgets, furniture – lots and lots of stuff. Many of our homes have massive garages, which are not really for our cars, but extra storage for our sh….stuff.

Oh, I know, it seems hip to recycle and love the green earth, but our generation is so so so far from living a really green life.

Now, the old-time Christians – they were the true green earth recyclers. They used and reused everything! The elders of the church 80 years ago, they were WWII and Korean War vets. They didn’t just show people where to sit and hand out bulletins – they doubled as a handyman that could fix every gadget known to man so that it could be used over and over again.

Today, metrosexual-millennial-iced-mocha-cappuccino Christians have a broken gadget – they just throw it away and buy a new one – or two – or three. In fact, recent studies have shown that millennials are more likely to break their old iPhone on purpose to justify to themselves the need for a new one when the newest model hits the shelves.

For many of us, the newest gadgets brings us happiness. Going out and shopping for new clothes to celebrate friendship or taking a family member to the mall can feel like spending quality time together. Buying new stuff can give a special buzz of endorphins that is equivalent to riding a roller coaster or falling in love. Sometimes, we like to buy stuff when we are sad as a kind of therapy for the soul.

As a result, millennial Christians often find themselves on an endless treadmill of materialism, full of purposeless clutter distracting us from our true calling.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains how we should live among material possessions:

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:19–21 NASB).

We’re called to put our energy and passion – not in the things that fill our garages and closets, but in the Kingdom.

Makes sense, right? Welp, unfortunately, many of us love our stuff—a lot. We love shopping for it, collecting it, showing it off, and putting a picture of it on Instagram.

Now the Bible is not against us owning stuff, as long as the stuff does not own us. In other words, when our stuff keeps us from completing the purpose for which we were created, it is no longer a good thing.

Chinese Christians in the underground house church live lives of minimalists so that they can put as much passion and energy into the Great Commission as possible.

Lotus, for instance (not her real name), is a Chinese BTJ missionary who packed her bags and was ready to travel to North Korea to serve as a missionary to the North Korean people. When she arrived at the door of a fellow American missionary, the American missionary realized she only had a small computer bag with a single change of clothes.

“Is that what you are taking,” the American missionary responded, almost laughing at how little Lotus was bringing.

Puzzled, the Chinese missionary honestly responded, “Oh, am I bringing too much?”

Lotus knew that the people in North Korea had very little and wanted to live as one of them. Once inside North Korea, although she had access to a car, she chose to ride the bus or walk from village to village – just like the locals. In doing so, she built a special relationship with those that she was serving and led many North Koreans to Christ.

If you would like to place your treasures in heaven and not on earth, then there are many ways to do so.

One way of course is to join together with missionaries like Lotus, who are serving on the field with those that do not have a lot of ‘stuff.’

For less than $1 per day, you can help BTJ missionaries to

    • Fulfill the Great Commission
    • Evangelize to unreached people in the10-40 Window
    • Deliver Bibles to people groups in their native language globally (written & audio)
    • Support safe houses and minister to former ISIS sex slaves
    • Training & sending out missionaries who’ll plant and work with church’s, schools and orphanages
    • Prepare, supply and staff on the ground teams when disaster strikes
  • And much more …

Only $1 per day may not seem like it will buy that much ‘stuff’ … but to those we work with and help every day across the world …it is everything!

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Eugene

Dr. Eugene Bach is a known trouble-maker with an active imagination and sinful past. He has a PhD, but is not a real doctor, so please do not call for him during a medical emergency on an airplane when someone is having a heart attack. Eugene started working for Back to Jerusalem in the year 2000 after a backroom deal involving Chinese spies, the NRA, Swiss bankers, and a small group of Apostolic Christians that only baptize in Jesus’ name. He spends most of his time in closed countries attempting to topple governments by proclaiming the name of Jesus and not taking showers. From time-to-time he pretends to be a writer. He is not good at it, but everyone around him tries to humor him.

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    William Tu

    I would like to become a long-term missionary, but I don’t know how to disciple people from scratch (how to fish for men, as Jesus says). If my skill-set seems too little for a long-term missionary role, should I still aspire to be one, or should I study to become a pastor, which I think suits me more (speaking with and giving tips to already converted Christians) ?

    Please offer prayer to God for me, that God reveals to me what I should be for Him, a missionary abroad, or a pastor’s assistant in Canada.

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      Will

      There is not as much you need to learn, as there is to what is in your heart. When Jesus has changed you, then all you need to do is tell others what he has done for you. Please do not be discouraged or think you need a special skill set or education. When you look at the 12 disciples, they were common uneducated men, who where changed from spending time with Jesus, which gave them everything they needed to disciple and tell others about him.

      If you feel God leading you to pastor a church then follow, but do not step away from being an evangelist or missionary, just because you feel unqualified. If God is leading, then follow, he will do the rest.

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      Eugene Roy

      There is a book that might help you. The title is “Bruchko” by Bruce Olsen. It’s his story of taking the gospel to the Motilone people of South America. He was a young man who simply followed the call.

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    William Tu

    Sorry, this posted to the webpage itself. I though “leave your thought” would send an email to the people running the website

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