Chunsun (春笋) means “spring bamboo”  and is the collective pseudonym for writers ministering to Chinese nationals in sensitive situations. Representing a diverse, multinational group of people across the globe, these writers have chosen to share their experiences anonymously in order to maintain the security of their own work, as well as the privacy of those whose stories they share. As they faithfully plant seeds, these writers look forward to the harvest.

For more of their writing, check out: Going When Circumstances Say Stay: Deciding to Become a Missionary, The Wise Men from the East: A Chinese Scholar Meets the King, No Longer the Only Light in a Dark Room.

Hannah Nation

Hannah Nation has lived in ten cities across three continents, but considers Pittsburgh home. She first traveled to China in 2005 and has cared deeply for the country and its church ever since. Hannah has worked with Chinese scholars in a variety of capacities both in China and in the United States since 2008 and in addition to her work with China Partnership, she currently serves on the staff of Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, overseeing international outreach. Hannah deeply loves church history, believing that learning our “family story” is an important part of being the church. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Church History at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and lives with her husband, Trey, in the Boston-metro area.

For more of her writing, check out: How I Have Been Shaped By China, Crooked Sticks: 5 Reasons Church History Matters in Ministry to Chinese, and The Redemptive-Historical Narrative in Evangelizing and Discipling Chinese Internationals.


Lydia Romanin

Lydia Romanin is a Jesus follower who is wife to Nick Romanin and mother to Nathaniel, Ethan, and Abigail. Lydia and Nick currently live in West Lafayette, Indiana, where they serve full-time with China Outreach Ministries, reaching Chinese international students at Purdue University. Lydia is a Wheatie for life (Wheaton College) and an enthusiast of Christian Classical education. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys being with kids, doing calligraphy, teaching piano, running, and being active. 

For more of her writing, check out: The Hostess with the Mostess – A Pre-Arrival Reflection, and Ambassadors to Both Cultures.

Ryan Zhang

Ryan Zhang moved to the United States from Guangzhou, China at the age of twelve, and has lived in three U.S. cities and two different continents since then.  Ryan received his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently serving as a church planting resident at New City Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH, his US hometown. Before moving to Boston for seminary, Ryan lived in Washington D.C. for seven years, first as a student at Georgetown University and later working for a law firm.  It was during his time in D.C. that Ryan met his wife, Abigail, who shares his love for history and classical music.  In his free time, Ryan likes to watch Chinese dramas, cook, swim, and listen to Beethoven.

For more of his writing, check out: The Cry of a Subversive Patriot: My Reflection on this 4th of JulyA Walk Through Sackler – Ideas of Escape and the Hope of ExodusPatience in Tones Brings Music to MandarinZhu Yingtai and Liang Shanbo – A Relentless Love in China’s Folklore.



Sa Zhong Zi 撒种子 (meaning “sow seeds”) is the pseudonym for an American living with his family in China. Sa Zhong Zi assists in supporting and strengthening the Chinese house church, believing that the development of the church must be done under the guidance of local leadership. He likes hiking, camping, watching movies and reading books, and considers himself an “ambi-vert” (both intro and extrovert).

For more of their writing, check out: Divine Irony: China and the Roman EmpireSuffering for Jesus and a Night in Shining ArmorAn Unexpected MercyThe Spiritual Legacy of the House Church – An American Response.


Wang Jianguo (王建国) is the collective pseudonym for a group of Chinese house church pastors thinking and writing about issues related to the spread of Christianity in their nation. They are committed to preaching a grace-centered gospel, developing resources for the church, and loving China’s urban centers. China Partnership is privileged to feature their writings, often translated from the original Mandarin, and looks forward to the day when the use of pseudonyms is no longer necessary for these brothers and sisters in Christ.

For more of their writing, check out: A Chinese Perspective on Christian SufferingOur Vision for China: Churches as Kingdom of Heaven on EarthThe Spiritual Legacy of the House Church.


Yang Mingdao (杨明道) is the collective pseudonym for Chinese voices working within China Partnership. Representing the heart and soul of CP, these posts communicate the vision and hope of our Chinese leadership as they work to equip and strengthen the Chinese church through theological development and transnational partnership.

For more of their writing, check out: Do We Really Love Them? The Changing Nature Of Evangelism In China, Stories From The First Generation Of The One-Child Policy, and Grasping The Grace, Hitting The Heart.

China Partnership frequently highlights occasional writers in addition to our regular authors listed above. If you have something to say about the church in China or ministry among Chinese internationally, drop us a line along with a brief personal bio at blog@chinapartnership.org


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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