Four containers carrying almost a hundred Chinese stowaways arrived in Seattle in January 2000. Three men succumbed to the treacherous journey in one of the containers. The director of World Relief Seattle, a Christian social work organization, invited the Chinese Churches to reach out to these Chinese who were detained in an old building near the International District. In 2004 this detention center moved to Tacoma and several members from the Olympia Chinese Christian Church joined the ministerial team. The exclusively Chinese Christian church services have evolved to 6 vibrant international services each weekend. Christian volunteers who speak multi languages minister to detainees from more than a hundred countries. Over the years the Olympia Chinese Christian Church has supplied hundreds of Chinese bibles distributed to the Chinese detainees. As of September 304 detainees have been baptized in 2018 with many Chinese among them.
We want to share the Good News to this special group of people regardless of whether they are asylum seekers or felons. Jesus is the answer to their American dream and only He can give them a new life.
“ ….. I was in prison and you came to visit me…….. When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:36, Matthew 25:39-40