Correspondent J. D. Douglas traveled recently to Hong Kong to cover the Chinese Congress on World Evangelization. The following account is based mostly on the report he filed just days before Mao Tse-Tung died.

Chinese churches throughout the world sent some 1,500 representatives last month to the crowded city of Hong Kong (population: 4.5 million) to discuss in plenary sessions and seminars unity of the international Chinese community, the Chinese role in world evangelism, and strategy for reaching mainland China with the Gospel. Spawned by the 1974 Lausanne Congress on evangelization, the Chinese Congress on World Evangelization had as its chairman pastor-educator Philip Teng of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. It was directed by Thomas Wang of the California-based Chinese Christian Missions, along with an international committee of Chinese.

The eight-day congress took place in the 1,600-seat Kowloon City Baptist Church, where 200 volunteers helped to keep things running smoothly—and to keep the congress budget down ($160,000). Participants were responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses.

In a welcome speech, Teng noted that past international evangelism congresses had been sponsored by Western church leaders. It was time now, he said, for the Chinese church not only to receive but also to give. (Teng is president of the thirty-six congregation, 3,500-member Christian and Missionary Alliance body in Hong Kong, president of the Alliance Bible Seminary, head of the China Graduate School of Theology, and pastor of a 1.000-member Alliance church.)

Despite the strong ethnic spirit that prevailed, there were grateful nods to Western missionaries who had brought the Gospel to the Chinese in the first place. Veteran ...

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