When it comes to youth leadership, Chinese churches have used the youth mission and Vacation Bible School (VBS) approach where young leaders are given the opportunity to serve children who have yet to understand the gospel of Christ.
Every summer, most Chinese Churches plan VBS to either reach the youth in the community or to allow opportunities to serve. Some themes are, "Kingdom of the Son," a prayer safari, "From raindrops to rainbows," and "World Quest," a mission to know Jesus.
At the Chinese Alliance Church (CAC), youth pastor John Choo, who will lead a team of seventeen people to Fresno, CA on July 27-31, has expressed that going on mission trips and serving sacrificially for children is an opportunity that young leaders need to experience.
This opportunity will allow the young leaders, who are in high school, to experience life outside of their comfort zone and this will help them gain confidence and to show initiative, he said, which is important because it pushes them to show their faith.
On a larger scale, these outings were organized by the mission committee at CAC who take care of mission trips and outreaches, and who have formed ties with Christian Missionary and Alliance (CM&A), an evangelical denomination that focuses on world evangelization.
This mission trip will focus on the Hmong community, a group of people who are religiously animists, which is a belief that spirits can communicate with the physical world through shamans, in addition they believe that spirits can take the form of objects.
At Fresno, they plan to coordinate VBS for three afternoons, providing food, and a pool party for the whole community in order for them to develop relationships in a comfortable and relaxed evangelistic outreach.
Mission trips are different from retreats because it requires selfless acts of service, "the more they give, the more they will receive," Mr. Choo commented.