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Chinese, Christianity, and Coca Cola in The Delta

Posted by John Jung on October 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Reverend Ted Shepherd served as a beloved pastor of the Chinese Mission of the First Baptist Church from 1977-1999. He passed away in 2013.

In his tribute to the third and later generations of Chinese in the region, almost all grocery store owners, Shepherd admits that despite being a native of Greenville, he knew little about them when he became their pastor.  At the first Sunday of his mission, only 13 Chinese attended. With the help of an interpreter, he visited all of the Chinese in the area to gain their trust and acceptance and invite them to come to the Chinese Mission. An excerpt is reproduced here from his book describes how he always received a cold bottle of Coca Cola at each Chinese store which helped break the ice to allow him to recruit the Chinese to participate in the activities at the church.

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