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Dr. Chao’s Story: Undeterred in Their Mission for Christ

My father, Calvin Chao, was a pastor in China and the first ministry partner of Partners which was then known as China Native Evangelistic Crusade (CNEC).

The 1940s were tumultuous times in China due to the war with Japan, which affected Chinese and Westerners alike. Western missionaries who assisted Chinese pastors wanted to ensure that the ministry continued even after they had to leave. This vision gave birth to CNEC in 1943, a true blessing to pastors like my father, both spiritually and materially.

In a short time, my father’s ministry expanded dramatically. He established “preaching bands” that quickly spread across China, resulting in the creation of fellowship halls and Bible schools.

I vividly recall tent meetings where thousands gathered to hear the Gospel. Also, my father played a pivotal role in initiating the China Inter- Varsity Fellowship for university students.

The post-war era brought new challenges. As communists advanced south, the “cultural revolution” took its toll on evangelists. Many faced persecution, with some becoming martyrs and others imprisoned. Yet, many remained undeterred in their mission for Christ.

In 1957, God gave my father the vision to establish Chinese churches in the US, anticipating an influx of Chinese students. With CNEC’s support and a miraculous provision of visas, our family moved to the US. This relocation paved the way for a sprawling network of Chinese churches across North America.

Thanks to my father’s tenacity, countless souls
in China embraced Jesus. His North American churches and the leaders he mentored continue to advance the Kingdom.


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