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There is a better answer to the question, however, and the following narrative seeks to shed some light on it.
The story of the Church of the East's mission to Asia is one that needs to be told to today's church.
It is the story of a dedicated missionary effort and the ever expanding witness of Christians from Antioch to Peking, nearly 6,000 miles by foot, until multitudes of Christians lived from the 30th to the 120th longitude in medieval times.
The facts and analyses that follow concerning the church's great epic of eastward advance, it is hoped, will bring encouragement, edification, and perhaps warning to our contemporary churches in their present mission to the unreached.
Research materials for writing on this subject are available, although they are scattered over half the earth and are in various languages.
Little, however, is written for the reader who is not pursuing advanced studies.
They themselves used the name Ching Chiao, Luminous Religion (or Illuminating?
They went over deep rivers and high mountains, thousands of miles, and on the way, meeting many nations, they preached to them the gospel of Christ." FROM AN ANCIENT TEXT.How it fared in that confrontation is almost totally unknown.