Chinese Christians Display “Vibrant Love for the Gospel”

Image courtesy of Open Doors USA.

Heightened tensions between China and the US continue following tit-for-tat sanctions. Last week, China targeted three lawmakers and a diplomat following US restrictions against Chinese officials.

Isaac Six of Open Doors USA says there’s more to this issue than meets the eye. “The concern here is that the rights across China are eroding. There [are] major human rights and religious freedom violations,” he explains.

“A lot of the great ministry work being done in China could face some pretty serious challenges in the years ahead.”

Believers in China already face significant difficulties. Learn why China is #23 on Open Doors’ World Watch List. Things like sharing the Gospel or meeting with fellow Christians are problematic. Nonetheless, Chinese believers take bold risks to share their faith.

“There’s just a vibrant love for the Gospel. It’s liberating [them] from a lot of the government oppression that takes place in China,” Six says when describing Chinese believers.

“The amount of commitment and the willingness to risk freedom to share the Gospel – it’s unprecedented.”

China holds an estimated 100 million believers, “which is exponential over the last couple of decades,” Six adds.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for courage for believers to meet together as the culture becomes increasingly hostile to Christian churches.
  • Pray house churches would flourish across the country and for new leaders who would step up to lead these churches despite the risk.