TWR’s Chinese Internet Ministry
March 9, 2010
“Ever since God provided me with a computer, I have been studying the Bible online almost everyday. I am very thankful that God allowed me to learn from home. I have been listening to your Bible study course and it has been very beneficial to me. Please pray for me, for God to prepare me for full-time ministry.” – listener from Anhui province
Modern-day social issues affecting Chinese youth include suicide, HIV/AIDS, and a youth culture that is becoming more open and bringing with it problems such as premarital sex, unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Thanks to modernization, the Internet has become the central meeting place for China’s younger generation by providing them with a place to share their struggles openly. They are looking for answers, be it assistance with their studies, curiosity about other religions, or solutions to difficulties faced in their personal lives.
TWR seeks to reach out to them and provide them with the answer through their preferred means of communication and learning. Through four different websites, visitors have been able to listen to programs online, download mp3s, learn English, take theology courses and obtain mental health information.
About 10 million audio files were downloaded in 2008 and 2009. This works out to more than 400,000 files downloaded a month. Many listeners have also written in to share how they have been blessed by the online programs.
“Thank you for providing us with such wonderful spiritual food. A sister-in-Christ referred me to your website. It was something I’ve been looking for, for a long time. I thank the Lord for your programs. May God bless you!” – listener from Hubei province
The needs are great, yet, there is a chance that this area of ministry might cease to exist. As at March 2010, TWR-Asia’s Chinese Internet Ministry is facing a shortfall of US$154,000. If the required funds are not raised, the ministry might be forced to scale down some of its online outreach efforts and related websites, and be unable to continue its work in ministering to Chinese youth.
To help TWR-Asia’s Chinese Internet Ministry continue its ministry among Chinese youth and making a difference in their lives, we invite you to prayerfully consider supporting the ministry in China.