Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cults and the Chinese Church

We often hear reports from inside China about the government and its continued crackdown on the house church in china. While this is one of the most challenging aspects of being a Christian in China, it’s not the only difficulty that faces our brothers and sisters. Alongside the government persecution is the ever-present threat of false teaching from the various cults within China. Watch this video below from Pastor Peter as he addresses the issue of cults in China:

Would you take 1 minute right now and pray for:

  • God’s protection for our brothers and sisters from all kinds of evils. – Psalm 121:5-8
  • The pastors to preach the Gospel with boldness and in all Truth. – John 16:3

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KBM: China – Ministry Update

Our 67th Broadcast!

Today marks our 67th broadcast into China, as well as the start of our new series “Galatians: Truth on Fire.” This series will walk listeners through the book of Galatians verse by verse over the course of 16 different broadcasts. After broadcasting, the sermons are then stored for streaming and download at our mandarin language website, www.jianxinzhenli.com.

From time to time, we receive emails and text message from our listeners in China giving feedback and asking for prayer. We wanted to share a couple responses with you today so you can get a sense of the response and need within China.

From a listener in Zhejiang:

“Greetings! I often log on to the website ‘Keep Believing’ and gain lots of help from Pastor Ray. May I ask what help can I offer for ‘Ministry in China’? Lord be with you!”

From another listener in China:

“This is the first time I had contact with you. Thank God that I had the opportunity of listening to gospel radio station since I was a teenager. Formerly, there were no churches here. Occasionally, someone would drop by to preach the “gospel” but not according to the truth of the Bible. Some people still believed in the message though. I am very weak in spirit. I only got a Bible indirectly by God. I thank God for that. When I worked out of town at my young age, I was not cautious enough and was inflicted with Hepatitis B disease. Several years ago, I was found to have the symptoms of hepatocirrhosis. Since then, I have no longer had health inspection with respect to my liver. I have already failed one marriage. Perhaps it was because my spouse discovered my liver disease and deserted me. That was the time when I was smitten to an extremely painful state due to the divorce. Yet I thank God, for He has not deserted me. Two years ago, I met my present wife whom I love. She was married before and has one daughter. I love her and her daughter. She also loves me. However, I have not disclosed to her about my liver disease because I am afraid that our marriage may be affected. Ever since she has become pregnant, I felt a bit regretful. I feel that I should not have married her. I am really sorry for her. She should have found another man better than I. Besides, I am afraid that my liver disease may have been transferred to her and the fetus. I feel myself very irresponsible and sorry for her. I really should not have married her.”

We continue to be encouraged by the feedback we receive and hope that you’ll be encouraged by it as well.

Keep checking back for more updates from the field!

 

Three Prayer Requests for China

Persecution of Vacation Bible Schools in Xinjiang Province is Escalated

In our last prayer update, we made you aware of a situation in Xinjiang where local authorities were breaking up summer meetings of the local Vacation Bible Schools. This persecution has been escalated to not only include the detaining and physical abuse of the leaders and teachers of the program but now it also includes the students that were attendance.

Requests for Prayer:

  • For the children who experienced the abuse and intimidation of the Chinese government – that they would find peace and comfort in their Savior.
  • For those still detained – that they would have courage and find strength in the sufferings of Christ.
  • For the authorities – that they would see the truth of the Gospel and become agents of change for Christ in their province.

You can read the full story here.

Local Government in Yunan Province Confiscates Bibles and Terrorizes Han and Minority Missionaries

In the southern province of Yunan, authorities have continued their persecution of Han Chinese missionaries called to preach the Gospel to the Wa minority group. This targeting of Christians has ranged from door to door Bible confiscation all the way to unjust detention.

Requests for Prayer

  • For the Wa minority group – That the church would continue to flourish and that the persecution would embolden their hearts to preach the Gospel.
  • For the persecuted missionaries – That they would not find discouragement in their persecution, rather that they would take comfort in the words of Jesus in John 15:18-25 and the promise of the Holy Spirit in John 15:26-27
  • For the authorities – That in confiscating these Bibles they would begin to read the Word of God and as a result have their hearts transformed.

You can read the full story here.

Authorities in Shaanxi Province Target House Churches, Confiscate Officially Published Bibles

The authorities have stepped up their long running crackdown of a house church in the Shaanxi Province. This latest round of persecution involved the confiscation of officially published and legally purchased Bibles.

Requests for Prayer

  • For Ms. Xia – Hers was the house that was raided, so pray for protection and continued boldness for the Gospel in the face of opposition.
  •  For Li Yongliang, head of the Law Enforcement Team of the Baihe county Culture, Radio and Television Bureau – That he would begin reading one of the Bibles he confiscated and come to know the Living God.
  • For the other bureau officials: Bai Jiangen, Qin Rengui, Ma Hanchuan, Deng Yulin – That God would soften their hearts to the church in Shaanxi and that they may begin to meet other Christians in positions of influence who would lead them to Christ.

Get Involved:

Call the number listed below (speak in Chinese if possible, or pray for them in English) and ask them to return the Bibles to the house church from which they came.

Office phone number: 011+86-915-782-0901

You can read the full story here.