Funding Needs for Global China Center
updated February 11, 2013.
Our ministry priority is the ongoing expansion of the online Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity (Global China Center), which tells stories of outstanding Chinese Christians and missionaries. The BDCC is a useful tool both for evangelism and for equipping leaders, and is read by more than 6,000 people a month, half of them from Greater China.
Dr. Yading Li has served as Chinese editor of the BDCC since its launching in 2005, and has contributed more than 200 outstanding articles since then. With a Ph. D in Chinese church history, two master’s degrees, and decades of experience in research, he has unusual and proven potential.
For a variety of reasons, including an injury, his wife’s health, and full-time work as pastor of a large Chinese church in Hawaii, he had to stop work on the BDCC on February, 2011, and has not been able to contribute more than a handful of stories since then.
His three-year term serving as pastor at the church will be completed at the end of February. He has not renewed his contract and leave his position as pastor by then so that he can devote all his energies to training Chinese church leaders and to writing articles for the BDCC. He and his wife have decided to relocate back to the Bay area of California. Dr. Li hopes to dedicate himself fully to writing stories for the BDCC and also engage in leadership training.
The idea is to set Dr. Li free to do what he and others believe God has uniquely equipped and called him to do. There are many Chinese churches in that part of the world where he is known and can preach, and San Francisco is only a flight away from China. While in China, he can also find more writers to contribute to the BDCC.
To leave a secure position – his congregation did not want him to go– and move back to California with no promise of adequate income involves risk and faith, but Dr. Li and his wife are willing to follow God’s leading.
They will have significant financial needs in California, where living expenses are high. In addition, we don’t know how long Mrs. Li – Dr. Cui’an Peng – will be able to work full-time, because of her health.
A potential donor here as raised the possibility of providing a $25,000 matching grant to set them on their feet, if we can find another donor.
Would you please pray that God will meet this need, and seek his guidance about your possible role in this ministry?