The Flying Man Pt 3: The Legacy of Love in China by Rick Wood

(Read the original article published in the Nov/Dec edition of Mission Frontiers magazine)

This short article gives a basic overview of mission history in China. I have two main reflections:

1) Wood borrowed a substantial amount of material from the online user-defined encyclopedia, Wikipedia. How amazing that this work is now being published in articles. It used to be that Wikipedia (online resources in general) were seen as unreliable and not scholarly enough to quote. Now it is beginning to be used more widely. A university recently did a study on the reliability and truthfulness of Wikipedia and found it to be more reliable and accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica. Amazing.

2) Onto the content of the article itself. I knew that missionary work in many places not only evangelized, but also served the people through practical means. Wood argues that both the educational and medical systems in China can attribute their foundation of these missionary endeavors. I do not believe that at this point in time China would not on its own model the current Western educational and medical systems; however I did not know that it was missionaries serving the Chinese people in the 19th and early 20th centuries that introduced sciences and pharmaceutical medicine to China.

What do you think / hear about going on today concerning mission work abroad? Do workers adequately serve the people through development? Is evangelism without service all unreached people groups need? How can we best glorify God and serve primarily Him in this context?

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One Response to “The Flying Man Pt 3: The Legacy of Love in China by Rick Wood”

  1. The Flying Man Pt 4: How to Best Help China by Dr. Winter « Missiological Blogger Says:

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