SOTA (Seminary on the Air) Update
Providing enough training for house church leaders in China is a challenge. Church growth in recent years has been staggering, with The Joshua Project reporting an estimated 85 million evangelical believers in the country.
In the early 2000’s, TWR produced Seminary on the Air (SOTA), an extensive series of radio lectures to train church leaders, but it became apparent that more was needed, so SOTA was relaunched in 2012 as an online and “on-the-ground” ministry.
“Tracy” is a Chinese-born Canadian missionary who returned to China to coordinate the SOTA ministry there. After immigrating to Canada with her husband, Tracy came to Christ, and her desire to learn more led her to SOTA. Today, Tracy leads a team of staff and volunteers in China who use the Internet, audio players and tablets to distribute systematic biblical training through audio lessons, textbooks, and other resources to over 1500 SOTA students. This team has also formed 27 SOTA Student Centres for students to interact with the teachers and fellow students, further enhancing their studies.
God is using the SOTA media resources to enhance the impact of partnering house church networks in China. As a result of this partnership, leaders have more solid biblical teaching, and believers in these churches are more capable of defending their faith.
Your partnership with TWR Canada enables us to use national workers in China at a time when uncertainties about religious freedoms are increasing. You can read more about our Chinese ministry at twr.ca/projects/china
, or more of Tracy’s story at www.twr.ca/missionaries/tracy