Faith Comes from Hearing

BY michaelclesceri | 27 August 2014 |


So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the Word of Christ. –Romans 10:17 ESV

Students trained by Langham Scholars often serve as a powerful voice for the Gospel in their countries. When *Mei Yang uses her voice to share God’s Word—it reaches millions.

Mei is the director of training and “the voice” of a theological seminary in China, with more than 13,000 enrolled students and millions of listeners scattered throughout the villages of Mainland China. The seminary offers a two-year Bible school that trains pastors and lay leaders in some of the most remote parts of the country with a blend of “on air” programming, correspondence, written assignments and mentoring. Some of the foundation-level Bible classes are freely available for download—and in some months, there are more than 350,000 downloads.

“The seminary uses multimedia, teaches biblical truth and builds moral character to raise up healthy churches to glorify Jesus,” Mei says. “We are committed to meeting the needs of churches in Mainland China.”

And what the churches in Mainland China need, according to Langham Scholar Dr. Stephen Lee, who heads up the China Graduate School of Theology—where Mei Yang was a student—is better training on how to study, understand and rightly share Scripture.

Dr. Lee says, “John Stott has inspired us with his vision of focusing on training the leadership of the church. So this is a value shared by CGST. We are focusing on Mainland China in our effort to equip the next generation of pastors and lay leaders for the church.”

Mei credits her theological training at CGST for helping to prepare her for ministry today, equipping that next generation of leaders who are biblically grounded and committed to Jesus.

You can understand the impact that God is having through the ministry Mei is involved in by simply reading the thousands of letters and emails from students who write to her each month, sharing their testimonies and prayer requests, which Mei publishes through a monthly newsletter.

One of these letters is from a student Mei calls “brother Chow.” Writing in from a remote part of China with almost no access to biblical resources, brother Chow shared that after listening to the seminary courses, he “realized that the Bible was no longer just a thick book.” Before the courses were broadcast over the Internet, brother Chow would record them on tape for his congregation on the lone radio shared by the church.

“We studied together, and we became stronger,” he says. “Our church is equipped and taking action. We are growing in numbers and our members are maturing in their spiritual lives. We have started missionary work and doubled the number of churches we have planted.”

Today there are more than 1,700 graduates of this seminary spread across China, each now equipped to share God’s Word with their friends, families, churches and communities.

We are grateful to God and thankful to our Langham partners like you who are so vital in supporting our ministry. With your help, Langham can support and scholarship theological leaders, scholars like Stephen Lee, whose students go on to multiply the fruit of that investment.

Learn more about how you can help support scholars like Dr. Lee so that students like Mei can proclaim God’s Word among the nations.

*A pseudonym has been used to protect this woman’s identity. 



Langham nurtures movements of biblical preaching in more than 50 countries around the world–to see God’s Word maturing and equipping His people to reach others, like Mei’s story above.

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