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2013 BGC Archival Research Lecture: Panda Huggers and Dragon Killers: Billy Graham, American Evangelicals, and Sino-American Relations

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Dr. Tu Yichao of Fudan University delivered the annual BGC Archival Research Lecture in the Museum of the Billy Graham Center. To hear the lecture, read the text, see photos of the event, visit our Archives page >> 

About the lecture: Since 1949, American evangelicals have held vigilant and sometimes hostile attitudes toward Red China. Rev. Billy Graham, the most influential American evangelical leader of the 20th century, played a unique role in Sino-American relations during the second half of that century. Although an outspoken critic of communism in the 1950s, two decades later Graham was promoting the opening of Sino-American relations. His evolving attitude toward China and its impact on Sino-American relations provide a significant commentary on the changing perceptions and interactions between two world powers. In this lecture, Tu Yichao explores the role American evangelicals have played in the recent history of Sino-American relations, using Graham as a case study.

Bible Translated into Kimwani after 23 Years of Work

The Mwani people of northern Mozambique have been folk Muslims since the time of the slave trade, and most have never had the opportunity to hear the good news. Very soon, after 23 years of work, they should have the scriptures in their hands, in their own language, Kimwani. A team from Wycliffe Bible Translators (which includes past BGC scholar June Dickie) has lived with the people, learned their language, reduced it to writing, taught the people to read it, and translated a variety of books, Bible studies, the JESUS Film, and 34 books of the Bible. The text is being printed in South Korea. The translators are now seeking to establish “listening groups” using solar-powered audio Bibles. The number of believers is still very small, so please pray that God would use his word in Kimwani to reach deep into the heart of many.      

Evangelism outside the Box 1.0

Nathan and Vera Beck, former BGC scholars and current missionaries in the Czech Republic, wrote to us about a new evangelistic outreach in their area using Lego blocks. Lego Project Outreach is organized by the Brethren Church in the Czech Republic to reach out to non-Christian children. The event is typically run in churches. For three days, children come together in the afternoon to build a large Lego city with thousands of Lego pieces. The project has two goals: (1) to point out God as the creator of the universe, who made us in his image and gave us creativity and (2) to teach important biblical principles for life. The hope was to invite the kids into church youth groups, where they could explore the gospel on a deeper level. For some of the children, this was the first time they had ever heard about God.

Evangelism outside the Box 2.0

Girma Gebremedhin, a recently-graduated BGC scholar, has become involved with Berea Teleconferencing. Berea Teleconferencing, a ministry run by a group of committed Ethiopian Christians living in North America, has three main focus areas: (1) encouraging and equipping Christians through Bible Study, worship, teaching, and prayer; (2) encouraging God’s people to be part of God’s mission all over the world; and (3) discipling Christians unable to attend church services. Each day, hundreds of people log in to the site from all over the world or call a number from their cell phones which allows them to hear a “message of the day” and interact with site coordinators by phone. Girma was invited by a friend to join the ministry and has seen the eagerness of many Christians to learn God’s word. Girma has led 35 people to Christ in the past four months as a result of this ministry.

Website for Christians Desiring to Reach Muslim Neighbors for Christ

How should we respond to the growing Muslim population in North America? With fear…with indifference….or with faith? In order to help Christians navigate these issues, the Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America (COMMA) has developed a website. It includes wisdom for reaching out to your Muslim neighbors, testimonies from Muslims who have accepted Christ, and other helpful resources. COMMA brings together people interested in reaching their neighbors for Christ. Muslim Evangelism Ministries, an authorized program of Wheaton College and an affiliated program of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, provides leadership to the coalition. Visit the website >>

2013 BGC Archival Research Lecture: Panda Huggers and Dragon Killers: Billy Graham, American Evangelicals, and Sino-American Relations

bg

Dr. Tu Yichao of Fudan University delivered the annual BGC Archival Research Lecture in the Museum of the Billy Graham Center. To hear the lecture, read the text, see photos of the event, visit our Archives page >> 

About the lecture: Since 1949, American evangelicals have held vigilant and sometimes hostile attitudes toward Red China. Rev. Billy Graham, the most influential American evangelical leader of the 20th century, played a unique role in Sino-American relations during the second half of that century. Although an outspoken critic of communism in the 1950s, two decades later Graham was promoting the opening of Sino-American relations. His evolving attitude toward China and its impact on Sino-American relations provide a significant commentary on the changing perceptions and interactions between two world powers. In this lecture, Tu Yichao explores the role American evangelicals have played in the recent history of Sino-American relations, using Graham as a case study.

Bible Translated into Kimwani after 23 Years of Work

The Mwani people of northern Mozambique have been folk Muslims since the time of the slave trade, and most have never had the opportunity to hear the good news. Very soon, after 23 years of work, they should have the scriptures in their hands, in their own language, Kimwani. A team from Wycliffe Bible Translators (which includes past BGC scholar June Dickie) has lived with the people, learned their language, reduced it to writing, taught the people to read it, and translated a variety of books, Bible studies, the JESUS Film, and 34 books of the Bible. The text is being printed in South Korea. The translators are now seeking to establish “listening groups” using solar-powered audio Bibles. The number of believers is still very small, so please pray that God would use his word in Kimwani to reach deep into the heart of many.      

Evangelism outside the Box 1.0

Nathan and Vera Beck, former BGC scholars and current missionaries in the Czech Republic, wrote to us about a new evangelistic outreach in their area using Lego blocks. Lego Project Outreach is organized by the Brethren Church in the Czech Republic to reach out to non-Christian children. The event is typically run in churches. For three days, children come together in the afternoon to build a large Lego city with thousands of Lego pieces. The project has two goals: (1) to point out God as the creator of the universe, who made us in his image and gave us creativity and (2) to teach important biblical principles for life. The hope was to invite the kids into church youth groups, where they could explore the gospel on a deeper level. For some of the children, this was the first time they had ever heard about God.

Evangelism outside the Box 2.0

Girma Gebremedhin, a recently-graduated BGC scholar, has become involved with Berea Teleconferencing. Berea Teleconferencing, a ministry run by a group of committed Ethiopian Christians living in North America, has three main focus areas: (1) encouraging and equipping Christians through Bible Study, worship, teaching, and prayer; (2) encouraging God’s people to be part of God’s mission all over the world; and (3) discipling Christians unable to attend church services. Each day, hundreds of people log in to the site from all over the world or call a number from their cell phones which allows them to hear a “message of the day” and interact with site coordinators by phone. Girma was invited by a friend to join the ministry and has seen the eagerness of many Christians to learn God’s word. Girma has led 35 people to Christ in the past four months as a result of this ministry.

Website for Christians Desiring to Reach Muslim Neighbors for Christ

How should we respond to the growing Muslim population in North America? With fear…with indifference….or with faith? In order to help Christians navigate these issues, the Coalition of Ministries to Muslims in North America (COMMA) has developed a website. It includes wisdom for reaching out to your Muslim neighbors, testimonies from Muslims who have accepted Christ, and other helpful resources. COMMA brings together people interested in reaching their neighbors for Christ. Muslim Evangelism Ministries, an authorized program of Wheaton College and an affiliated program of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, provides leadership to the coalition. Visit the website >>