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Mid-Autumn Letter
from the President

Dear friends,

2022 has been a difficult year in many ways. Increasingly unsettled geopolitical situations, combined with personal loss and ministry hardship, has often left me despairing. And yet, the Lord is gracious and merciful: at a low point this summer, he allowed me to see the flowers blooming once again. Suddenly, even in the midst of so much bad news, I received many encouraging reports from the church in China.

Testimonies of Gospel Change

One of those reports, for example, was from a church in east-central China. During an online meeting with their leaders, I was surprised to see how crowded the room was. “Are these all leaders who have committed to the work of the gospel?” I asked. They told me yes. I was amazed to see how large the group had grown, despite the mounting government pressure against these house churches!

Another example was a report I heard from a church planter in Shanghai. His congregation is full of wealthy professionals, and recently they have been studying a biblical approach to money. As a result, one sister shared about how she had long been a collector of Prada handbags, simply for the status. She would purchase the bags for photos and then leave them in her closet. But thanks to the renewed vision of the kingdom of God, she decided to sell all her handbags and give the money to the cause of the gospel and for helping the poor in Shanghai.

But perhaps the most encouraging has been the fruit we have seen from our new Leadership Institute. This fall, the first cohort of leaders will graduate. Yet they have been so moved by the experience that they have committed to continuing to hold each other accountable. Just last week, they said, “We need to change the entire way we approach the ministry. Our way has traditionally been to use our own methods to try to force transformation. We use power, persuasion, and manipulation. We want to see the result, and this has distorted our pastoral process. Instead, we need to be willing to walk alongside people, watching the Spirit move, even slowly. We need to learn that the ministry process is a process of dying to ourselves. In our death we lead. That is the only way.” 

Tasting the Heavenly Kingdom

How can there be these good reports while, at the same time, government pressure is growing rapidly worse? Head-knowledge cannot accomplish this. It is only through truly tasting the goodness of Christ, true communion in the Spirit, and dying to oneself that we can see this kind of flourishing in the wilderness. The taste of heavenly kingdom is setting people free.

Can we also experience the same? How might we taste the goodness of Christ? How might we die to ourselves daily, picking up our cross and following after him…not through self-righteous asceticism, but through the grace-empowered life in the Spirit? Who has he put before our eyes to serve?

In all likelihood, the difficult and discouraging times are not over. 2023 will most likely be worse. However, I am hopeful that the Lord is preparing the Chinese churches for the second half of this story. It is my earnest prayer that you will continue walking with us as it unfolds. Your encouragement is greatly needed as we walk deeper into the wilderness, and I long for all these spiritual blessings that are being poured out onto the church in China to be poured out onto you as well.

May we continue to walk side by side, tasting the wonders of Christ together, as we step out into the unknown.

S.E. Wang
President of China Partnership
August 12, 2022


Big Highlights from 2022 to-date

Leadership Institute

This September, the first Leadership Institute cohorts will graduate and the second will begin.

As the cornerstone of our five-year plan to go deeper, the testimony coming out of the Leadership Institute has been incredibly encouraging. Pastors have shown great interest in the program solely based on the true gospel change they have seen taking place in the lives of those within the cohort.

Church-based Theological Training Centers

This year has seen an incredible explosion of interest in theological education. At the end of 2021, there were 20 cohorts pursuing the CTTC certificate program in theological education.

But this year, after a retooling of the program structure with partners at Third Millennium and Simeon Trust, interest has flooded in. The number of CTTC cohorts has more than doubled across China: there are currently 55 total groups committed to pursuing theological education together in 36 churches across 20 cities in China!

Prayer Movement

Last year saw the birth of a nationwide prayer movement across China, and this year the second “Prayer Boot Camp” was held, aimed at raising up local prayer leaders who can then launch vibrant prayer ministries inside their local churches.

With 79 churches participating from across 35 cities, the prayer movement has been one of the most flourishing ministries within the gospel movement.



With rising pressure and persecution in China, there are two challenges imperative for church leaders. The first challenge is for current leaders to love Christ above all else, and not to stray into legalism or love of the world. The second challenge is to raise up the next generation of leaders, who will humbly model Jesus even if current leaders are arrested.


  1. Current leaders to grow in their daily walks with Christ
  2. Current leaders to shepherd and raise up new leaders
  3. New leaders who love Christ and will model him to the world
  4. New leaders to love and care for the church



About Shenyang

Shenyang is a city located in northeastern China and is the capital of Liaoning Province. It is known for its rich history and cultural heritage, including the Shenyang Imperial Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shenyang is also a hub for China’s heavy industry, with companies such as the China First Automobile Group and the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation having their headquarters in the city.


Stories from Shenyang

About Qingdao

Qingdao is a city located in eastern China and is famous for its beaches, beer, and seafood. The city is home to several landmarks, including the Zhanqiao Pier and the Badaguan Scenic Area. Qingdao is also a major port and has a thriving economy, with industries such as electronics, petrochemicals, and machinery.


Stories from Qingdao

About Xiamen

Xiamen is a city located in southeastern China and is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful coastal scenery, including Gulangyu Island, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is also a hub for China’s high-tech industry, with companies such as Huawei and ZTE having research and development centers in Xiamen.


Stories from Xiamen

About Chongqing

Chongqing is a city located in southwestern China and is a major economic center in the region. The city is known for its spicy cuisine, especially its hot pot dishes, and is also famous for the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric dam. Chongqing is also home to several historic sites, including the Dazu Rock Carvings, which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.


Stories from Chongqing

About Nanjing

Nanjing is a city located in eastern China and is the capital of Jiangsu Province. It is one of China’s ancient capitals and has a rich cultural history, including the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum, the Nanjing City Wall, and the Confucius Temple. Nanjing is also a modern city with a thriving economy and is home to several universities, including Nanjing University and Southeast University.


Stories from Nanjing

About Changchun

Changchun is a city located in northeastern China and is the capital of Jilin Province. It is known for its rich cultural heritage and is home to several historical landmarks such as the Puppet Emperor’s Palace and the Jingyuetan National Forest Park. Changchun is also a hub for China’s automotive industry, with several major automobile manufacturers having their headquarters in the city.


Stories from Changchun

About Guangzhou

Guangzhou, also known as Canton, is a city located in southern China and is the capital of Guangdong Province. It is one of the country’s largest and most prosperous cities, serving as a major transportation and trading hub for the region. Guangzhou is renowned for its modern architecture, including the Canton Tower and the Guangzhou Opera House, as well as its Cantonese cuisine, which is famous for its variety and bold flavors. The city also has a rich history, with landmarks such as the Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees. Additionally, Guangzhou hosts the annual Canton Fair, the largest trade fair in China.


Stories from Guangzhou

About Kunming

Kunming is a city located in southwest China and is the capital of Yunnan Province. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring” for its mild climate, Kunming is a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and cultural diversity. The city is home to several scenic spots, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Stone Forest, Dian Lake, and the Western Hills. Kunming is also famous for its unique cuisine, which features a mix of Han, Yi, and Bai ethnic flavors. The city has a rich cultural history, with ancient temples and shrines like the Yuantong Temple and the Golden Temple, and it’s also a hub for Yunnan’s ethnic minority cultures, such as the Yi and Bai peoples.


Stories from Kunming

About Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a city located in southeastern China and is one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolises. The city is renowned for its thriving tech industry, with companies such as Huawei, Tencent, and DJI having their headquarters in Shenzhen. The city also has a vibrant cultural scene, with numerous museums, art galleries, and parks. Shenzhen is also known for its modern architecture, such as the Ping An Finance Center and the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center. Despite its modernization, Shenzhen also has a rich history and cultural heritage, with landmarks such as the Dapeng Fortress and the Chiwan Tin Hau Temple.


Stories from Shenzhen

About Chengdu

Chengdu is a city located in the southwestern region of China, and the capital of Sichuan province. It has a population of over 18 million people, and it is famous for its spicy Sichuan cuisine, laid-back lifestyle, and its cute and cuddly residents – the giant pandas. Chengdu is home to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where visitors can observe these adorable creatures in their natural habitat. The city also boasts a rich cultural heritage, with numerous temples, museums, and historical sites scattered throughout its boundaries. Chengdu is a city of contrasts, with ancient traditions coexisting alongside modern developments, making it an intriguing and fascinating destination for visitors to China. 


Stories from Chengdu

About Beijing

Beijing is the capital city of China and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of over 21 million people. The city has a rich history that spans over 3,000 years, and it has served as the capital of various dynasties throughout China’s history. Beijing is home to some of the most iconic landmarks in China, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. The city is also a hub for political, cultural, and educational activities, with numerous universities and research institutions located within its boundaries. Beijing is renowned for its traditional architecture, rich cuisine, and vibrant cultural scene, making it a must-visit destination for travelers to China.


Stories from Beijing

About Shanghai

Shanghai is a vibrant and dynamic city located on the eastern coast of China. It is the largest city in China and one of the most populous cities in the world, with a population of over 24 million people. Shanghai is a global financial hub and a major center for international trade, with a rich history and culture that spans over 1,000 years. The city is famous for its iconic skyline, which features towering skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Shanghai Tower. Shanghai is also home to a diverse culinary scene, world-class museums and art galleries, and numerous shopping districts. It is a city that is constantly evolving and reinventing itself, making it a fascinating destination for visitors from around the world.


Stories from Shanghai


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