Chinese workers in African countries are opening up to Christianity through the efforts of African evangelical churches.
Christopher Rhodes, a lecturer at Boston University’s College of General Studies wrote in the UnHerd website: “Many local African churches have reached out to Chinese workers, including incorporating Mandarin into services”.
He said: “A number of Chinese, in turn, have welcomed the sense of community and belonging that these Christian churches offer”.
Rhodes claimed the business interaction between the nations was also leading to people in China becoming Christians as well.
He said many Chinese workers now re-export Christianity back home when they return home.
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He stated further: “Visitors to the coastal province of Fujian, for example, now hear South African accented English and see houses adorned with crosses.
Additionally, it was reported that African migrants who are moving to China in larger numbers are also advancing Christianity in China.
On the business front, as of 2019, China has become Africa’s largest trading partner, with the volume of business growing by 14 percent to US$ 170 billion.
According to the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, there are around 10,000 Chinese-owned firms operating in Africa.
Data from the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University show that more than 227,000 Chinese were working in Africa as of 2016, but others say the number is closer to a million.