Progress marches forward for a Chinese Bible School.

By March 2, 2004

China (MNN)—A September 2003 opening of a Bible school in Nanchung, Jiangxi Province felt like a giant leap for Chinese Christians.

China Partner Ministries’ Erik Burklin says it’s only getting better. He’s excited about the pace of the project. “They’re in the middle of their second phase of the construction, which includes their church facilities. My father was just amazed and blessed to see the advance that they have made in the construction progress so far. They just started to build this last year, and they’re almost complete with this now.”

The building project fits neatly as a tool to build upon China Partner’s mission to equip seminaries and Bible schools. Their work aims at helping emerging Christian leaders, pastors, seminary faculty and administration with Christian literature, while creating a pool of international teachers.

China Partner’s goal is to help the Church in China fulfill the Great Commission. This is accomplished by conducting Pastoral Training Schools in the 22 seminaries and Bible schools in China.

The chapel facility will be used by Bible School students for preaching and worship. Other programs will include children’s and migrant outreaches. “They do need some additional funds. China Partner has committed to help raise some of the funds,” Burklin says, with the idea that the school will work toward self sufficiency. He adds, “When they do ask us to pray for them, I think they’re also sincere in that. I think we need to pray for this particular church, that they would, as they’re growing, that God would use them in a very powerful way to see more people come to Jesus Christ.”

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