Onize Ohikere

Evangelism over isolation

Coronavirus | The coronavirus provides opportunities and hurdles for ministry to South Africa’s Chinese population
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/24/20, 05:41 pm

On a recent Sunday morning in Krugersdorp, South Africa, people slowly filled the green cushioned pews inside the multiracial Christian Heritage Church. Many smiled at each other, a few others hugged, and even more greeted each other with elbow-bumps to avoid handshakes. 

At the foot of the pulpit, Mei, her daughter, Joyce, and at least 18 other people joined a South African Chinese Outreach Network (SACON) mission program.

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Mai Chong Yang

Strangers no more

Religion | A custodian finds his calling to help three generations of Hmong in Minnesota 
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 10/10/19, 01:39 pm

Evenings find Paul Leclair cleaning the university campus in his custodian job in Bloomington, Minn. But Leclair, age 55, has another vocation: reaching the Hmong for Jesus.

He’d never heard of the Hmong until 1996, when he spoke to a co-worker from a group of foreigners whose home country he couldn’t place. He’d noticed how diligently and quietly they worked, but how lively they acted together at lunch. Leclair bluntly asked, “Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here?”

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Speaking as a friend

Evangelism | Learning to talk to non-Christians with sensitivity and humility
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/28/19, 02:34 pm

A while ago, I was having dinner at a Japanese izakaya with one of my best friends when we began talking about Islam. 

A little context: At the time, I was pretty obsessed about Islam. After reporting on Islamism in Southeast Asia and reading former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi’s books, I concluded that Islam is a dangerous religion, one that’s fundamentally violent in its goal to function as a political system. Meanwhile, my friend—let’s call her Jane—is a liberal freethinker who looks out for oppressed minorities, and to her, Muslims belonged to that group. 

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