A pastor prays outside a small farmhouse serving as a church deep in rural Hunan province in China. Photo credit: Dag Smemo

China special part 2 of 3: Millions of sheep, but few shepherds

Preacher Jiang and three of her co-workers got up at three in the morning. They had a difficult mission ahead. It would be a long day.

After packing some food, this team in China drove for several hours through winding mountain roads to a village that has been infiltrated by a cultic group. Jiang said she felt a great burden for the Christians who had been tempted to join this cult. The mission was to help these believers return to the truth.

When Jiang got back home at half-past seven in the evening she told a Bible Society partner, ‘It was hard work, but it was all worth it.’

It’s estimated that one million new believers come to Christ every year in China and the risk of them being led astray is high. One of the reasons for this is believed to be that there is just one trained church leader for every 6,700 Christians in China.

Thanks to your kind giving, hundreds of preachers, just like Jiang, were given much needed support over the last 12 months. Your generosity will not only enable this vital ministry to continue into the future, but will also secure more places at Bible school for young students to receive quality training.

Church workers as community leaders

Jiang also shared how the welfare benefits of needy villagers were suspended in one village after they became Christians. Jiang stepped in and negotiated with the director of the local Bureau of Religion Affairs to help retain the much-needed benefits.

Jiang also feels compelled to reach out to non-believers in the ten towns near her church. She hopes that the brothers and sisters such as yourself who keep on supporting her through these difficult times will lift up her work to the Lord in prayer.

Please thank God for people like Jiang and ask that those the Lord has chosen and called as shepherds throughout China will be given strength and courage to continue their vital missions.

This is the second in a three-part series on difficulties facing the Church in China during 2020, the year of the pandemic. If you want to support Bible work in China and elsewhere on a regular basis please join Bible a Month. A small, regular gift can go a long way in China, especially in supporting church workers in hard-up rural areas, where an estimated 60 per cent of Christians live.

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China special part 1 of 3: Being thankful and trusting in God during Covid

China special part 1 of 3: Being thankful and trusting in God during Covid

This is the first in a three-part series of stories on difficulties facing the Church in China during 2020, the year of the pandemic.

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China prayer tree

Just over 40 years ago, the Bible was a banned book in China. But today, in this largely atheist country, the Bible is a best seller and Christianity in China is growing at a rapid rate. This astonishing growth is threatening to outstrip the availability of resources. We're translating, printing and distributing Bibles and helping to train Chinese pastors to meet the shortage of equipped leaders. Join us in prayer for this work by adding a prayer leaf.

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