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Immigrants Hear God’s Word, in Chinese, via Conference Call

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Really interesting article from the NY Times, a lot of issues if you read between the lines

Just before midnight, the calls start coming in to the church on Allen Street in Chinatown. They come from Chinese restaurant workers across the United States.

Chen Yingjie, 25, is one of those on the other end, dialing the Manhattan church, the Church of Grace to Fujianese, on a recent night from his room above the China Garden in Dowagiac, Mich., a town of 6,000. “Every time I call in, I know that the Lord is alive and that there are brothers and sisters by my side,” Mr. Chen said. “I don’t feel as empty.”

The callers — more than a hundred crowd the line on many nights — are for the most part like Mr. Chen, illegal immigrants from the Fuzhou region of Fujian province, coming off bone-wearying 12-hour shifts as stir-fry cooks, dishwashers, deliverymen and waiters at Chinese restaurants, buffets and takeout places.

Read the article:
Michael Luo, Immigrants Hear God’s Word, in Chinese, via Conference Call

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