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Kids greet us at start of every day

 

RELIGION TODAY IN CHINA

 

Ministry in China is unique because of the People's Republic of China government.  Communists have traditionally viewed religions with suspicion: If you have to believe in anything, why not believe in the Party? 

 

Religion in China is going through a remarkable transition.  Officially, China is a secular state; however, the government sanctions five religions:                                 

     Buddhism                                 

     Catholic Christianity                

     Confucianism                           

     Protestant Christianity

     Taoism (also known as Daoism)

 

CHRISTIANITY TODAY IN CHINA

 

It’s necessary to stress that situations in China vary greatly.

Everyone pitches in and helps
  Many Communists fear the explosion in Christianity.  However, some churches are starting to see a difference in
China’s attitude.  According to Christianity Today, a Three Self pastor in Wuhan told St. Michael’s congregation, “It used to be in this city that the Religious Affairs Bureau would say ‘one more Christian, one less Chinese’, but now they say ‘one more Christian, one less criminal’.”

 

Despite relentless oppression (some say because of it), “underground” churches continue to flourish.  Accurate numbers are impossible to site; however, estimates of unregistered believers range from 80 million to 100+ million.  The crackdown on the Falun Gong has resulted in increased pressure on “illegal” Christians.  Yet, many continue to refuse to register.  House Christians often feel they can’t trust the government.  They remember when church registrations were followed by massive arrests.  Suffering aside, their central reason for remaining independent is the strongly-held belief that Christ is the Head of the Church ��" and this position cannot be usurped by a secular power.

Building at end of second day

 

Do not fear; God is moving in China!  The situation is vastly improved from decades ago.  Yes, lack of religious freedom is in certain places is real.  Yes, there is continued conflict between Three Self and House churches.  However, God is using believers in both groups to reach China for Jesus.  Christianity is growing at an amazing rate.  Even by conservative estimates, the Chinese Church must be considered one of the most victorious in the world. 

 

Churches don’t save, governments don’t save, only Jesus Christ saves.  We serve a great God who has shown that He can do great things in people’s hearts, despite the intentions of others.

The future of the BaXiang church
  Let us pray that God will continue to advance the Chinese revival by the power of His Holy Spirit.

 

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Kids greet us at start of every day
Kids greet us at start of every day
Everyone pitches in and helps
Everyone pitches in and helps
Building at end of second day
Building at end of second day
The future of the BaXiang church
The future of the BaXiang church
Team gathers for morning devotion
Team gathers for morning devotion
Dennis shares his heart for Jesus
Dennis shares his heart for Jesus
After devotion, we eat breakfast
After devotion, we eat breakfast
We take scenic walk to church site
We take scenic walk to church site
Deb poses near local pond
Deb poses near local pond
Local Christians work for the Lord
Local Christians work for the Lord
Gals having too much fun :-D
Gals having too much fun :-D
Mike and Ernie discuss progress
Mike and "Ernie" discuss progress
We need more stinking bricks1
"We need more stinking bricks1"
We recruit them young
We recruit them young
Steve grooming his replacement
Steve grooming his replacement
Wa Ching Liu and 1 of her 7 kids
Wa Ching Liu and 1 of her 7 kids
PRC allows more kids in rural areas
PRC allows more kids in rural areas
Time to install windows
Time to install windows
Sandy helps Stanley on scaffold
Sandy helps Stanley on scaffold
Bert one of our hardest workers
"Bert" one of our hardest workers
Darlene drives rototiller wagon
Darlene drives rototiller wagon
Children celebrate Stans birthday
Children celebrate Stan's birthday
After work, Dennis delivers bunnies
After work, Dennis delivers bunnies
Steve passes out candy
Steve passes out candy
Billy gives away toys
Billy gives away toys
Children thrilled by gifts
Children thrilled by gifts
Heartwarming to share Gods love
Heartwarming to share God's love
We all feel like kids again!
We all feel like kids again!
Girls invite Jesus to be their Lord
Girls invite Jesus to be their Lord
Darlene mugs with fast friends
Darlene mugs with fast friends
Faith in Jesus is for young and old
Faith in Jesus is for young and old
Mike clowns around with children
Mike clowns around with children
Girls look at photos of themselves
Girls look at photos of themselves
Children want to ride home with us
Children want to ride home with us
See you tomorrow!
See you tomorrow!
If you can dream it, they drive it
If you can dream it, they drive it
Kids in Fengshun church orphanage
Kids in Fengshun church orphanage
Store borrows Golden Arches logo
Store "borrows" Golden Arches' logo
This aint no McDonalds!
"This ain't no McDonald's!"
Humor is the universal language
Humor is the universal language
Clerks help us in grocery store
Clerks help us in grocery store
Mike buys fruit at local stand
Mike buys fruit at local stand
Return to hotel after long day
Return to hotel after long day
All have Chinese foot massages
All have Chinese foot massages
Hotel staff rub shoulders...
Hotel staff rub shoulders...
wrist and arms to ease days stress
wrist and arms to ease day's stress
IT WORKS! Boy howdy, it works!
IT WORKS! Boy howdy, it works!
They spread thick layer of lotion
They spread thick layer of lotion
Then rub every point of our soles
Then rub every point of our soles
Conclude by rubbing calves, knees..
Conclude by rubbing calves, knees..
... and thighs. Sure feels good!
... and thighs. Sure feels good!
Everybody have fun tonight!
Everybody have fun tonight!
Everybody Fengshun tonight!
Everybody Fengshun tonight!
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