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President’s Letter

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

Pastor Edward Shih

God loves China. The people there and those in the world represent around one-fifth of the world’s population. Its history has endured for more than 5,000 years. God loves the Chinese, wouldn’t you say?

If the Chinese people can receive the words of truth with their hearts, how do you think China will change and then the world?

God has allowed China to continue to exist and, in recent decades, become the world’s factory. Despite economic developments, the Chinese live without the truth of the Gospel that answers their desire for eternal life. Some may have heard about the name of Jesus, but they do not know God, let alone the paradoxical truth of the cross and resurrection. Some may have heard about Christ’s sacrifice but do not know how it relates to them.  

Young Disciples International started from a small bible-study group at a Chinese university in 1996. The students saw the urgency of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others and began to share the biblical truth with other students who are also searching and yearning to know the meaning and purpose of their lives. The campus fellowship quickly spread to other major universities across the various provinces of China.

With many new chapters established and many converts, the leadership of Young Disciples decided to expand internationally, bringing the Gospel to foreign countries outside of China. There were many fruits of love and committed believers due to the passion, prayers, vigor, and hard work of the YD student leaders. In 2002, the fellowship incorporated Young Disciples International and started sending missionaries overseas.

In the 1800s till early 1910s, the famous protestant missionary Hudson Taylor led thousands of Protestant missionaries from the United Kingdom, United States, to China, where they evangelized and established mission centers in all provinces of China. Young Disciples International hopes to return that Gospel debt by bringing the Gospel to the rest of the world. It also continues to pray for the Gospel to be spread and received throughout China. 

It has been 18 years since officially incorporating Young Disciples International and 24 years since Korean American missionaries started the campus bible-study fellowship in Shanghai. YD International now has chapters worldwide, ministering to those with Chinese heritage in the Chinese diasporas and natives of all languages. 

YD International hopes to carry on the baton race of carrying the Gospel to the ends of the earth.  

Despite the doors tightening in China to the proclamation of the Gospel, we pray for the people in China to hear the Gospel and understand it so that it would bear fruits in their hearts and lives. If the Chinese people change, the world will change. But, at the same time, now is when the Chinese believers must obey the Great Commandments and go into the world to preach the Good news of Jesus Christ and make disciples of all nations, using their talents and resources to advance His Kingdom and His righteousness.

James Hudson Taylor famously said:

“If I had a thousand pounds, China should have it- if I had a thousand lives, China should have them. No! Not China, but Christ. Can we do too much for Him? Can we do enough for such a precious Saviour?”

Young Disciples International prays and seeks to change the world for Christ through the evangelization of China and the world.

Edward Shih
President
Young Disciples International

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