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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

China is loved by God. 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 and has a great and amazing plan for China and her people, wouldn’t you say?

If the seeds of the Gospel can be planted inside of the Chinese’s hearts and bear fruits, how do you think China will change and then the world?

God has allowed the Chinese civilization to continue to exist despite its tumultuous past and in recent decades has become the world’s factory. However, economic developments can only bring people so far in life. The people are without the truth of the Gospel, the key to eternal life. Some may have heard about the name of Jesus, but they do not know the true meaning of the cross and resurrection. Some may have heard about the stories of how Jesus lived and sacrificed his life, but do not know how they relate to them and are still searching for the answer.

Young Disciples International started from a small bible-study group at a Chinese university in 1996. The students saw the urgency of saving souls, and began to share the biblical truth with other students who are searching and yearning to know the meaning and purpose of life. The campus fellowship quickly expanded to major universities across the 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.

Just as how the famous missionary Hudson Taylor had led thousands of Protestant missionaries from the United Kingdom, the United States to evangelize and setup mission centers in all of the Chinese provinces through China Inland Mission, Young Disciples International is the first international Christian fellowship started by the mainland Chinese in China. Our hope is to return that Gospel debt by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the rest of the world. It is also our hope and prayer for the Gospel to be spread and received throughout China. 

It has now been 18 years since officially founding and dedicating Young Disciples International in Beijing and 24 years since the vision was cast and Chinese students started the campus bible-study fellowship. YD International now has chapters all over the world, ministering to those of Chinese origin from among the Chinese diasporas and the natives of all languages in different parts of the world.

The vision and hope of the fellowship are to carry on the last baton of the gospel race to the ends of the earth.

Despite the doors of the Gospel seemingly tightening in China, Young Disciples International prays for the people there to be able to not only hear the Gospel but to understand it, so it could bear fruits in their hearts and lives. If the Chinese people change, the world will change. Now is the time when the Chinese believers must obey the Great Commandments and go into the world, using their talents and resources for the purposes of advancing 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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