Positioning Missionaries

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Faye Pearson teaches at China's biggest seminary

Kate Goodspeed came to missionary work late. First, she was a political activist, attracting worldwide attention for a debilitating four-week hunger strike outside the White House protesting the Gulf War. When the conflict ended, she wanted to share her faith, hoping for a mission post in what she considered the world's most troubled region, Africa. Instead, her church sent her to China to teach university students. Goodspeed, 56, carried her Bible and her activism to the lakefront city of Hangzhou in eastern China. There she developed a popular style: she asks students to submit journals, which she returns with comments. The...

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