The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A spiritual home

Chinese Lutheran Church is opening the Bible to migrant workers in London

Today, David Lin leads Bible study for Chinese migrant workers in London. But when he was growing up in 1960s Hong Kong, he wasn't even a Christian.

Lin did think the books of the apostles were interesting during Bible studies at his Anglican primary school and then Roman Catholic high school. "In Hong Kong when parents want their children to get a good education they send them to church schools," Lin explained. "My parents are not Christians."

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David Lin is a Bible study outreach leader at Chinese Lutheran Church in London. "Chinese migrant workers ... come to the church looking for a place they can call home," Lin says.

Yet it wasn't until after he had graduated from a Hong Kong university and gotten a job at what is now Asia Lutheran News, a publication of the Lutheran World Federation regional office for Asia and Singapore, that he became a Christian, at age 23.

Today, Lin belongs to London's Chinese Lutheran, a congregation of the 2,745-member Lutheran Church in Great Britain. As a congregational leader, he highlights the plight that many Chinese face as migrants.

"Chinese migrant workers ... come to the church looking for a place they can call home. Some are curious about Christianity so [they] join Bible study groups, and indirectly we provide diaconal work," Lin said.

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