What we do
‘Friendship’ (and Christian partnership) as expressed by the Friends of the Church in China includes these three strands: Projects, English Language support and Theological Education.
We support our friends in China by helping to fund work to alleviate poverty and help disadvantaged groups. One project involves supporting orphans through their education. Another project (with the Chinese Christian Council’s social work department) has been to fund HIV/AIDS relief in X’ian, Shaanxi.
We send teams on the Summer English Language Programme to help English language support to teachers of the English language in less travelled to parts of China.
We host Chinese seminary teachers for informal visits to the UK. These have aimed at developing their confidence in oral and academic English. In each case these visits have been an important step as they undertake programmes of further study either in China or beyond. It has also been possible to offer short courses of oral English at one or two seminaries – often through inductive bible study. We have arranged support and exchanges for theology students and scholars to attend conferences and courses in the UK and Europe to assist the Church in China in enriching and developing the quality of its ministerial formation.