Jehovah’s Witnesses have a Chinese group who are actively targeting Chinese in Norway. Religious researcher believes it is a conscious method to go for vulnerable groups.
Several Chinese have been called, stopped on the street or visited the door of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are not Chinese, but speak the language, writes Our Country.
An American newspaper has written how the religious community had a conscious approach to addressing immigrants, and Jehovah’s Witnesses say they preach at reception centers in Italy.
Inger Furseth, a professor of religious psychology, is not surprised that Jehovah’s Witnesses purposefully target groups such as immigrants or refugees, but say such groups may be vulnerable.
– Many immigrants and refugees need social contact when they lack a network. Therefore, they are easier to engage when groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses make contact, Furseth says.
Mario Jacobsen at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Scandinavia office confirms that they have a Chinese group in Oslo who are actively looking for Chinese names in public records.
“The reason we speak to Chinese people in Chinese is because it is easier to get in touch if we speak to them in their native language,” says Jacobsen, adding that they are missionary to both vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups.