China – 2009

Dear friends, brothers, and sisters in our Lord, Jesus Christ,

Mark 13:9 (b) “You will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them.”

Bryan Revor and William Ripple, members of Chaplains for Christ Int”l, have just returned from another Bible distribution mission trip to China.  This trip was a follow-up trip to the one in 2008 on which Rob Brown, William Ripple, and Constantin Lupancu did, which resulted in 1,000 bibles being distributed in rural China. This trip included a return to some of the previous churches to encourage them and see that the believers still had the Bibles we had given them last year. Additionally, there was a trip to another very distant province.  Another 1000 Bibles were distributed on this trip.

Because of the interrogation conducted by the Chinese on our previous trip and reports of religious persecution in China, the team experienced anxiety about their activities.

asdfAmong the people who accompanied them was the lady who kept the bibles in her apartment until our arrival (seen at left, far right) and one person (lady with the purse) who was instrumental in founding and developing many of the churches that were visited in a far western area of the country. There were other ladies in the leadership team of the churches who accompanied our team in two rented vans. Most of the pastors in China seem to be females.

asdfaThe western area was agricultural as is most of rural China.  Caves are cut into the side of the mountains and transformed into homes where some people live. It was harvest time and many people were in the fields.  The team was told that it sometimes takes hours before they could descend and ascend many hills to get to the nearest church. Here in the U.S., we have a problem if we have to drive more than thirty minutes to church.  The team met with the leaders/pastors of the churches and some people who lived in proximity.  They also prayed for them and laid hands on the sick.  They gave out the 1000 Bibles to people who could not afford to buy one or even obtain one because of the remote area in which they live.  They heard many testimonies of healing miracles.

Few of the people had money but bartered a great deal.  The believers would not let the team leave until they gave them gifts of nuts, beans seeds, and cucumbers.  The Bibles and small gifts the team brought were received with great joy and thankfulness.

What a joy to see the gospel of Jesus Christ go forward with power and penetrate in places that had never before been open to Christianity.  The church is growing faster than pastors can be provided for them.  Normally, each pastor will be responsible for several churches.

The government officially sanctions the current function of the Three-self patriotic movement in which the religious believers are called to self-governance, self-support, and self-propagation, in order to remove foreign influences and assure religious believers to be patriotic to the Republic of China. Started by Americans before the Cultural Revolution, it is now transformed and controlled by the communist state and must conform to the government’s rules.  Any other church must meet without permission.

Meeting with Officials

Once the team returned to the province the previous team visited in Sept. 08, they were required to meet with the same provincial Minister of Religious Affairs and six other governmental representatives. One team member pointed out that we have seen Jesus Christ deliver people from drug addiction and alcohol abuse and that Christianity helps people become better, more productive citizens. He also stated that the Bible instructs Christians to obey the government and the authorities that are over them. (He sensed that the officials were worried that the team might encourage the people to protest against the government.). At the end of the meeting, one of the members gave the chief government leader from Beijing a Chinese Bible.  Immediately the official asked where it stated that Christians are to obey their leaders.  One of the Chinese Pastors who was with the team showed him Romans Chapter 13

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but from God; the powers that be are ordained by God…”

That official smiled as he read it aloud.

We never know what things we have to face as we are trying to do our small part in His great Kingdom work but pray that we continue to conquer the challenges and continue the work.

In His Service,
Rev. Rob Brown
Executive Director

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2 Comments »

  1. harold kamphinda Said,

    November 27, 2009 @ 1:56 am

    hi,my name is harold kamphinda from malawi the warm haert of africa and i just want to say that iam so blessed to see that such missions are happening in china and my spirit is so burned with fire and its saying i wish i was there.iam 20 years old and on fire for the lord.and iam so much interested to join such a move please if anything i can manage to do or if you are having some events please tell me i would love to come to china this december and do the missions for the lord. write to me cause iam waiting.God bless you.

  2. admin Said,

    January 1, 2010 @ 7:35 am

    Thank you brother for your interest. We may be doing another mission in North part of China this year, but nothing for sure as of now. Will keep you updated.

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