Lockdowns and restrictions around the world have put a pause on everyday life, and ministries have not been exempt from it’s affects. Bibles for China has seen some those restrictions lifted and resumed Bible distribution.
“Some churches are starting to open up, function a little more towards normal,” Kurt Rovenstine says. “So from a COVID perspective, it seems to be loosening a bit. So we’re excited about that.”
The current pandemic has opened many doors for the Gospel to bring hope to those who need it most. But that does not mean that persecution and scrutiny, especially from government, is at an end.
“When there’s crises, there’s opportunity for God to work and for folks to examine their own lives and where they’re putting their priorities, but it’s also an opportunity for those who oppose the church to take steps forward to gain tighter control,” Rovenstine says. “It makes our hearts heavy.”
The ministry’s main focus is on giving people in rural areas of China access to the Scriptures that they are hungering for.
“We’re not too concerned about things that aren’t within the context of distributing Bibles because our approach has always been try and maintain good relationships,” he says. “We’re not there to be political or to start a revolution. We believe Scripture will do that in some respect.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Briana Dortch
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that the Church will remain strong through the increased government scrutiny
- Pray for the distribution of Bibles to rural Chinese Christians
- Pray that our fellow Chinese brothers and sisters in Christ will find hope despite the unrest