A Letter from China Partnership’s President

“We will miss singing his favorite hymns alongside him and praying next to him with heads bowed. We are grateful for his life and ministry, and we are grateful that Christ has called him home to joy, rest, and peace in his beautiful presence.”

A Tribute from Tim Keller

“Jay was famous for his relational skills. He had a supernatural gift of encouragement, of which everyone in my family at one time or another was a recipient.”


A note from Paul Taylor, fellow co-founder of China Partnership alongside Jay Kyle, to China Partnership’s current president

What a great heart for China and the Chinese people Jay had!  It was a great privilege to travel with him and dream about what could be done through the China Partnership.  And the Lord has blessed beyond our initial dreams in so many ways, largely due to Jay’s leadership, plus the Lord’s blessing of [CP’s current president] in your role as president. 

From my perspective, Jay was the founder of the China Partnership.  I appreciate your mentioning my name, however the credit really should all go to the Lord, then to Jay, then to the churches that were also the engine to make the movement get started.  If anyone questions whether Paul Taylor was truly a “co-founder” of the partnership, please just agree with them.  I was happy to follow in Jay’s shadow and facilitate MTW’s participation in the partnership’s work.

The Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you. Shalom,


A note from a former China worker to the Kyle family

It was with great sadness that we learned of Jay’s passing into the arms of his Savior.  We will pray that the God of all comfort will comfort you in this time of grief, for even though we have the hope of the Gospel, and it is a grief not without hope, it is still grief.  

From the first time that I met Jay in our apartment in China, he has always been an encouragement.  I appreciated his vision and the energy that he brought to the ministry.  I think he was always “ahead of his time” in that he seemed to know what the Lord was doing and was passionate about joining the Lord in that work.

I also appreciated that Jay was very much Kingdom minded.  He didn’t seek glory for himself, but was concerned that the work be done by those whom the Lord has called.  I think this was key to the growth of City to City and of the gospel movement in China.  If Jay had wanted the glory for himself, these ministries would likely have just been a flash in the pan.  Instead, I believe these are ministries that will bring glory to the Father for years to come.  Many people may not know of Jay’s role in all of this, but the Lord’s knows, smiles, and has now welcomed Jay with a big hug, the same way that Jay welcomed and encouraged so many of us down through the years.  

We count it a privilege to have known Jay. We hope we will have a chance to fellowship together again someday. 

With prayer, 

H & L P

Tributes from Hong Kong Mandarin Bible Church

Dear Jay,

You are an angel to me personally and to Hong Kong Mandarin Bible Church. I miss your smile, hug, firm handshake, gentle but assertive voice, wise but humorous words. I miss you at City to City trainings in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Penang, and Taipei.

You came to our church in 2015 just in time for us not to miss the Intensive which is God’s answer to my long time prayer. You are my spiritual father inspiring me to live always for Christ.

I miss you Jay! May the Lord comfort your family with His words of hope!

Pastor of Hong Kong Mandarin Bible Church

沒能再次見到Jay, 心中悵然若失,我會永遠記得Pastor Jay溫暖的笑容,還有他總是鼓勵我再多植一個堂,更多為主得人。感恩神讓我在2015年city to city intensive的植堂培訓認識Jay,後來2017年1月聖經教會西環堂獻堂也得到他的祝福。我現在人回到美國,卻未能有機會再見到Pastor Jay, 願我能在洛杉磯再多植一堂,為上帝,也是記念他。四月份我要進入EFC Arcadia, 職分是後任主任牧師,我會永遠記得Jay曾和我還有港福堂林明才傳道在中環置地廣場喝咖啡時做著夢,每一個港鐵站都有以福音為中心建立的普通話教會。若神許可,願這個異象和夢成真,我和EFC Arcadia 都在這個榮耀的夢想中有份

Hong Kong Mandarin Bible Church



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.


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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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