While the world was pondering what would happen to Hong Kong on July 1, a large group of Chinese students studying in the United States were wondering about their own future during a conference in San Diego.
Mere days before the transfer of power in Hong Kong, a unique gathering called “China ’97\’c9At the Crossroads” was held June 23-27 to provide spiritual nurture for more than 400 students, some of whom may possibly serve as leaders in China.
A number of prominent Chinese-American and American scholars from such fields as religion, economics, biology, medicine and communications hosted workshops. Students participated in discussions such as “The Social Implications of Christianity: The Sanctity of the Individual,” and “Maintaining Business Ethics Amidst Rapid Social Change.” Students stayed with American host families living in San Diego, gaining both insight into American culture and opportunities to develop friendships.
“Many Chinese students in the United States have expressed a deep interest in intellectually exploring spiritual issues. What these students receive in China ’97 will make a lasting impression on their lives and perhaps spiritually impact their culture,” said Tom Phillips of International Students, Inc. (ISI).
There were several altar calls during the week and about 90% of the participants went forward for prayer, organizers said.
The conference, sponsored by ISI and Horizon International, was held at Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego on June 23-27. It marked the first time a Christian ministry had coordinated, organized and helped fund a conference put on by and for a particular language group. — Staff and E.P. News