Music in Chinese Evangelism
Ian Anderson (in center, with raised chopsticks)
with a group of Chinese evangelists. They are having breakfast
before going out to preach. Shenqiu, Henan province, China. 1938.
Ian Anderson was a worker with the China Inland Mission (later the Overseas Missionary Fellowship). He often visited villages to do the equivalent of American street corner evangelism - presenting a brief and easy-to-understand version of the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ to any crowd he could gather or to any passerby. Music and posters were essential parts of these presentations.
Click to hear an audio recording, made ca. 1980, of Anderson singing and explaining
the songs he used in village evangelism
to visit a page showing some of the posters he used in his evangelism work.