At Within Reach Global, we host weekly English Corners. English Corners are an awesome platform for Chinese college students to gather, practice their foreign language skills, and build new relationships.

We call it our “big net”. It’s a place where we cast our nets into the massive student population of Southwest China, searching for students who are hungry for spiritual things.

And we’ve caught a bunch of fish!

Every week, we see over 100 college students attend our English Corner outreach. But we have a strategic plan. From our “big net” we find students who show a sincere interest in learning more about God. These students are ushered into our discipleship process.

That’s what we call our “small net”. It’s a focused gathering of Chinese college students who are getting saved, being discipled, and introduced into our house church setting.

We’re seeing many hearts open to the Christian Gospel!

Check out photos on Facebook from our college outreach!

Just last week, we asked them to write down a bunch of reasons why should or should not become Christians. Their answers were intriguing, giving us a glimpse into the heart of China’s shifting cultural values.

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Some of the pros of following God were:

  • Peaceful
  • Stronger
  • Younger
  • Miracle experience
  • Learn to forgive

Here’s some of the cons for following God:

  • Less friends
  • No parties
  • Guilt/conviction
  • Mysterious

The pros of life without God included “safety from cults”, “easier to find a job” and “normal life”. The cons of life without God included “uncertainty”, “emptiness”, and “boring life”.

Pretty incredible glimpses into the thought process of Chinese college students, right?

Honestly, they are facing similar struggles as college students worldwide. They’re not as different as you might think. For more on the issues that Chinese [Christians] are dealing with, check out the recent Missions Blab with guest Brent Fulton, president of China Source, entitled: China’s Urban Christians: A Light That Cannot Be Hidden.


Will you commit to pray with us for the Chinese college students at The Hub and The Bridge? We need your prayers and support. Join us in this holy endeavor to bring the Gospel message to hungry hearts.


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David Joannes
Founder/President at Within Reach Global
David Joannes is the co-founder and president of Within Reach Global, Inc, which serves the advance of the Gospel in some of Southeast Asia’s most difficult places. He is the author of The Space Between Memories: Recollections from a 21st Century Missionary. David has a love for language, culture, and creative writing, and for the last 20 years, he has witnessed God’s Kingdom established in forgotten parts of the globe. David lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with his wife, Lorna, and their daughter, Cara.
  • Dee Howlett

    This is what my husband and I did for the first four years we were in China. Week after week we’d sit in the quad, same time and place, and students would begin to gravitate to us. As more came, we’d move apart and each group would continue to grow. Some nights we’d have 20-30 students each asking questions to which we were more than thrilled to give answers. We had such freedom and, although we were watched at times, we were never hassled or asked to leave. Many students who were interested came to our home to hear about Jesus and many, many came to faith in Him as a result. The only sad part was losing them after such a short time as they graduated and left the campus; we found it very difficult, if not impossible to maintain contact with them when they left (although we still, after 15 years, continue to have contact with a few!) What we were sure of then and now is that God would care for and nurture the seeds of faith that were planted. There is nothing in life that gives more fulfillment and joy than this kind of labor of His kingdom.

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