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CHINESE GOSPELBROADCASTING CENTER
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Towards the second half of the 90ˇs, many factories in Chinatown had to close down due to orders being sent to Mexico and China where the cost of labor was cheaper. Many smaller factories mushroomed in Brooklyn because of less expensive rent and labor. The Lord opened a door for CGBC in one of the Brooklyn factories. A Christian working in this factory on 65th Street, 7th Avenue asked us to visit their factory with some tapes we produced. We made several visits before we suggested running an English class inside the factory. We were sensitive to the factory schedule, meeting with the factory employees during lunch hour and working around their deadlines. We did not expect them stop working, but we sat by them on a one-to-one basis; conversation can go on while the workers continue with their hands. The boss agreed to let the factory workers participate only if no trouble was created and everybody was happy with our presence. This new project started with fervent prayers. We began after Chinese New Year 1999 when Christine Radcliff, a missionary candidate, became our student intern for the year. Together with our staff worker Susan Lu, Christine and Susan became a team visiting the factory every Saturday afternoon for two hours lesson.
following is what we have come up for a general format for a lesson in
a factory group:
from the teacher Christine Radcliff
I met with one of the girls and went over the first story from our booklet The Good Father. It was the parable of the prodigal son. She read it and I explained it in very simple English, pointing to the key words. Then I asked her questions relating to the story like, ¨Was the father in this story a good father?〃 and ¨Do you know why God told us this story?〃 I explained that God is the father and we are the prodigal sons. The girl then got such a clear picture of God and exclaimed, ¨God is so good!〃 Then we talked even more about the Gospel.
CGBC Staff (additional information in Chinese)
In New Yorkˇs Manhattan Chinatown and Brooklyn Chinatown, there are still many factories run by a Chinese boss. There are some in Queens as well. On the whole the work force is made up of females. Most of them have families with small children. Some have to send their children to relatives in China while they work in America. Many will depend on day care by friends or relatives. Many have latch key kids staying at home all by themselves. Their working hours are long. They will work as long as there are clothes to be made since they are paid mostly by pieces. Their life goal is to make money and have a good life. They realize their goal may not be achieved by their generation. Some have high hopes that their children will turn out to be good professional people and can be spared from their own fate. However, many of them have become parents of problem youth. Reaching them with the love of Christ and leading them to know Him is my call.
We praise the Lord for the boss who opens the door for us to get into the factory premise. We thank God for the dedication and faith in Christ of the working team. Many ministry partners and local churches have prayed for us and some pray every Saturday for Susan and Christine while they are out on the field witnessing to those in the factory, and also those receiving tracts from us on the streets.
Christine once commented that she admired Susanˇs boldness in facing peopleˇs cold response and opposition to hearing about Jesus. The team has to prepare before each visit and review after each visit by planning and praying. We need to adapt the materials to the needs of those we contact. Their background and education level varies and we have to be sensitive to meet their specific needs.
The background of the team workers and compassion for others play a vital part in the smooth operation of this outreach. The work of the Holy Spirit is so evident because even Buddhist believers begin to join in the singing and learning of the gospel chorus.
We know it is not the one who sows or the one who harvests that can make the seed grow. Only God can do it. However, we still need people to prepare the soil for the sowing and harvesting. We see that if we could reach the factories, we could reach a major portion of the immigrant Chinese in New York City. If we can lead the mothers to Christ, the next generation will be blessed. God plays no favoritism and He loves the blue-collar working class as much as the elite and professionals. We continue to trust that many brothers and sisters have the heart for these immigrant families to enter into His Kingdom.
Maybe some young person or early retiree will be called to minister to these people by coming to New York. We will be willing to be a facilitator. We are asking the Lord to send more teachers, especially American born young people or non-Chinese speaking Christians of any ethnic background to be our team partners. They can come as volunteers or as missionary interns like Christine Radcliff. For more information please e-mail [email protected] As we do not charge the people for all the materials we provide, and all CGBC workers are missionaries living by faith, any donation or even mission support is important to sustain this outreach program as well as for the development of more new materials in the future. Above all we treasure more prayer partners to come forth and look forward to seeing what God will do in calling His church to join forces, especially in providing a spiritual home for those who want to give their lives to Jesus.
Submitted by Eileen Liu of CGBC February 1, 2000.