China & Nations Beyond

In 1865, James Hudson Taylor founded the China Inland Mission (CIM) and prayed for “Willing, skillful workers” to join him. With just £10, and “all the promise of God” he prayed consistently, and god met all his needs.

In 1866 Hudson Taylor, his wife children and 16 missionaries left English for China. Eager to reach the inland provinces of China with the gospel, the mission called people to prayer and sent out a total of 2,680 workers to China throughout the late nineteenth century till 1950. Hudson believed the gospel would only take root if missionaries were willing to identify with the culture of the people they wanted to reach. The 2,680 workers learnt the local language and culture, they lived their life as a living testimony to the people and still witnessing to Christians now.

Now as OMF, we believe that too. 156 years on, our work continues with the same pioneering spirit. The same vision. The same desire to see an authentic Christian witness flourish in China and beyond across East Asia. In partnership with local churches, worldwide.


21st Century China


The region provides nine years of free compulsory education, consisting of primary school and junior secondary school for 6 – 15 year olds. 50% of secondary school graduates were enrolled to tertiary school in 2018 and 96% of the population over 15 was literate. The education system has an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In 1865, Hudson Teylor founded the China Inland Mission and prayed for "Willing, skillful workers" to join him. With just $10, and "all the promises of God"he prayed consitently, and God met all his needs. A year later Hudsin Taylor, his wife, children and 16 missinaries left Endland for China.


A large-scale healthcare provision initiative began in 2009 and by 2011 resulted in 95% of China’s population having basic health insurance coverage.
The fall left Sam paralyzed from the waist down. He tried all kinds of cures; Western medicine, Chinese medicine and acupuncture. He and his family had many days of frustration, hopelessness, grief, and despair. In the end, he remained in a wheelchair. I heard that he rarely left his home as the roads around his house were not paved.


  • Non-religious 44.4%
  • Chinese religions 28.5%
  • Buddhist 12.5%
  • Christian 5.3%
  • Traditional ethnic religions 4.6%
  • Muslim 1.9%

The dominant worldview is shaped by a blend of Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. Muslim minority peoples number 20 million.  It is illegal to teach religion to anyone under 18.



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One in a Billion Video - Academic

I first met Mark when we were teaching English at the same university. My husband and I were working in a large city in China, choosing to spend some time ‘tentmaking’ on our own there before searching out a possible mission organisation to join.

Urban China 5x5x5 prayer guide

We invite you to pray for urban China, for just five minutes, for five days, for five strategic areas.
Urban China Infographics
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The Belt and Road

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China’s Belt & Road Initiative is probably the largest investment project in history.

China describes The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a “brand of cooperation”, characterised by peace, openness, inclusiveness and shared development. As of 2018, The BRI included agreements with 122 countries.

The Belt and Road Initiative is inspired by the ancient Silk Road trade routes. These included the “Maritime Silk Road”, which were shipping routes to Africa and Southeast Asia. They also included the overland routes, which stretched through northwest China to Central Asia, Europe and Africa.

The Silk Road regions of China and Central Asia have been highways of trade, commerce and cultural exchange since the Silk Road first began, over twenty centuries ago. As well as tea, spices and silk, Silk Road traders brought new technologies and religious faith with them. Buddhism, Islam and Christianity all entered the region along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. This region is now home to over 10 different Muslim people groups, each with their own language, culture and traditions. You can learn more about Muslims in East Asia here.

We long to see the people of the ancient Silk Road regions blessed by the abundant love of God.

Living Tapestry Video
The north west of China is further from the sea than anywhere else on earth. What is life like there? Meet some of the ethnic groups who live there.

Frying, Washing, Waiting: Adyan's Ramadan Story

During the fasting month, Adyan pulls out all the stops and sells snacks for the breaking of the fast each evening, this is on top of the two jobs she held down washing clothes and cleaning at local boarding houses.

My Cup Overflows - Psalm 23:5

In the book of Isaiah, heaven is described as “a feast of rich food for all peoples” (25:6). Some cultures do their very best to recreate this extravagant hospitality on earth.


The Tibetan Plateau

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What is God doing among the peoples influenced by Tibetan Buddhism in China, Mongolia, and Bhutan?

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A Memorable Christmas Morning in Mongolia

Last Christmas morning, Esther and I had a young man Andrew* and his younger sister Dawn* for breakfast. They grew up in a nomadic herding family, but Dawn was now in her final year of nursing school. After breakfast and our sharing about shepherds and uniqueness of the manger, she asked if she could share something with us.

Skylands Infographic

God is at work among the Tibetan Buddhist influenced peoples of Mongolia, China and Bhutan. Find out about the key features of their worldview and lifestyles.

A Journey Among Tibetan Buddhist Peoples Video

Among mountains, deserts, high plateaus live 15 millions people influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Some of the world’s most remote people. Most have never heard of Jesus Christ.


The Mekong River

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The Mekong River flows from China, along the borders of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, through Cambodia & Vietnam. Many different people groups live in the areas through which the river flows. 

The diversity of peoples within the Mekong region is visible through the tremendous range of languages and cultures represented between them.

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