Pantian - Look What God is Doing
Pantian Guangdong Travel Blog› entry 7 of 17 › view all entries
We had the privilege on our first morning in Guangdong to return for a special service at a church we constructed in January 2005 (see my December 2004-January 2005 travel blog).
It was humbling to see how God has blessed our Pantian friends. The church is reaching many with the Good News and is exploding with new believers.
CHRISTIAN HISTORY CHINA'S
When Catholic missionaries first arrived in
In 1950, the Three Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) was formed to direct the affairs of the
An incredible time of persecution for both Catholic and Protestant Christians, as well as other “suspect” groups, came during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). During this period, hundreds of thousands of churches, temples, ancestral halls and religious objects were defaced and destroyed. Monasteries were burnt to the ground. All religions were forbidden to meet. Most Christian leaders were jailed, sent to labor camps or murdered. However, the efforts to squash Christianity backfired. The growth of “underground” house churches exploded.
Many question whether TSPM is still a tool of the Communist government. Dale Mueller of International Christian Mission has an interesting view. He believes that, although TSPM started that way, “God has other plans. Despite original intentions, political controls and restrictions, revival in Three Self churches is real.” Christianity Today writes, “TSPM churches are struggling to keep up with recent dramatic increases in attendance…especially among young people.” The official