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Ballarat is in Victoria, about 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. According to 2016 Census, Mandarin-speaking Chinese of the region is about 830. There are Federation University Australia, Australian Catholic University and flying academy which attracts not only students but also immigrants from Mainland China. CCMA first sent May Kwong as home missionary to Ballarat in 2008 to build up a Fellowship with more than 30 attendances. It was adopted by Wendouree Baptist Church in 2017 and now the ministry in Ballarat is taken care of by Pastor May Chong. Now, May Kwong helps to train the lay leaders after May Chong finished with her ministry there.
Dubbo, New South Wales
Dubbo is 400km north-west of Sydney. The Chinese population is about 500. They mainly work in restaurants, retail sectors, massage or grocery shops. The others are medical professionals & overseas students.
- Australian Govt encourages new migrants to work, study & reside in Regional areas.
- Problems of some Chinese locals: isolation from local communities, gambling, marital relationship.
- Gospel hardsoil: most non-Christinas are from Mainland China, have little knowledg about Jesus; no Chinese church; few Christians.
- Urgency of sharing gospel & building up new believers due to high mobility for student visa holders.
- Opens up gospel opportunities in China when local Chritians returning to their home town every year.
A missionary couple was sent by CCMI to Dubbo since 2020. Together with some Sydney Chinese churches, they work on many surrounding towns as well.
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu in South Pacific Ocean. The total population is about 290,000 (2019). There are no statistics on the number of Chinese population in Vila. (In 2016, there were around 2,000 non-islanders, and the Chinese were only a minority, mainly from Fuzhou and other provinces).
Because of the good political relationship between Vanuatu and Chinese Government, lots of teenagers from China are attracted to study here. Many are accompanied by their parents. CCMA seizes the gospel opportunities and started to run teenagers & children summer camps with short-term mission team from 2019. It’s well-received by the Chinese there and had fruitful results.