Christians in China unfazed, remain optimistic despite continued persecution
Despite the fact that some 230 delegates from home churches in China were blocked from leaving their country to attend the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in South Africa, Christians in China remain upbeat.
Tom Henry of WorldServe Ministries said that incidents like this seem to occur whenever China opens up to the bible. (See http://theundergroundsite.com/index.php/2010/10/beijing-stops-chinese-christians-from-attending-lausanne-conference-14047).
However, Chinese Christians have taken on an attitude of optimism. Henry told Mission News Network, “The one thing I have learned about the Chinese is that they totally embrace and follow a God that’s all powerful, that’s sovereign, that’s loving, and they yield these [situations] into His hands so that they have really learned, as Paul said, contentment in all things.”
Henry noted that the church often gets harassed in China for spreading the gospel, so the incident regarding Lausanne was no surprise. Nonetheless, delegates were disappointed as they had hoped to network at the Conference, Mission News Network said.
Henry told Mission News Network, “Because of the nature in the church in China, there’s not as much networking as there [is] in other countries where there’s more of an open environment.”
Henry said the church in China is hoping God will open even bigger doors despite the current setback. He told Mission News Network, “They really have seen God take things like this that are humanly disappointing and use them to really expand the church in China.”
Even as WorldServe continues with its usual work in the People’s Republic of China, Henry said they also work with Chinese believers who are training North Korean believers and sending them back to their country, Mission News Network said.
Chinese government threatened
Another Christian leader in China, Bob Fu, said the Chinese government felt Lausanne was a threat to national security. Fu, who founded ChinaAid, told OneNewsNow that he did not believe delegates were forbidden to go to Lausanne because the official Chinese church had not been invited.
According to Fu, the Chinese Christians had already been facing opposition from the government for many months. He said Christians who went to the airport to go to Lausanne were “harassed and threatened, and… when they were blocked from going out, they were told it’s a threat to national security and the Lausanne World Evangelization Conference is [an] anti-China conference,” OneNewsNow reported.
According to Fu, despite the persecution Christians get from the Beijing government, the underground house churches remain strong in China with a population of 100 million that continues to grow daily, OneNewsNow said.