A growing number of Chinese students who converted to Christianity while studying abroad abandon the faith once they return home due to the country's hostile treatment of believers, according to a new report.Foreign Policy reports that since 2010, increasing numbers of Chinese students have studied abroad, mostly in English-speaking countries. Among them, as many as tens of thousands who converted to the Christian faith overseas return to China every year.However, upon returning home, 80 percent of believers eventually stop going to church, according to volunteers and missionary staff who have worked for years with Chinese students in the US. Foreign Policy suggests that this unfortunate trend is likely due in part to the Chinese government's extreme monitoring of state-registered churches and persecution of unregistered "house churches." ...read more: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/69552/20170206/eighty-percent-chinese-students-who-convert-christianity-abroad-abandon-faith.htm
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Brother,I don't think that they abandon their faith. According to the article, they are mostly "unchurched" because"When Chinese converts return home, they often find it difficult to select a church where they feel comfortable,""Foreign Policy shares the story of Wu Yutong, who, after converting to Christianity in London, found it difficult to find a church in China that was consistent with her faith. She continually moved from church to church, but was frustrated to find that "many things conflicted" with her beliefs."
I think this is demonstration of the parable of the Sower. It's saddening but the reality Christ Himself told us would be.
I tend to agree somewhat with joliboy11. A lot of them are probably in underground churches. And it is possible (likely) that some of them might be sham converts.