Adjustments in Church Life
Kurt Rovenstine with Bibles for China says their contacts are dealing with lots of the identical troubles different Christian organizations have expressed; the federal government is cracking down on Christianity.
For a lot of church buildings, this implies applications are being shut down.
“Sunday school is going away. [There is] pressure from the government to try to control and limit the scope of Christianity. And part of that is, I believe, that the church is still strong. And we visit folks that are doing great things and still have a passion for the Bible, still have a passion for evangelism, still have a passion to see the Church grow. And we know that when things are moving forward that the enemy will come in and try to thwart that.”
A New Focus
The rising stress to restrict the scope of Christ in China is altering the way in which many ministries function. Bibles for China sees these modifications as a option to broaden or shift their focus.
As a substitute of solely Bibles, they wish to supply examine Bibles and commentary units as nicely. This stuff are tougher to get to their companions. Nevertheless, they’re priceless belongings for coaching youthful, rural generations and lay-pastors. Due to safety concern, these supplies are handed out one-on-one to particular companions as a substitute of en masse.
Nevertheless, the concentrate on Scripture just isn’t going away, Rovenstine explains. “We still will be primarily about Bibles, as many as we can, as far away as we can. You know into the remote areas, we’ll try to see that Bibles are distributed so that there’s plenty of copies of God’s Word if things would ever shift, you know, really radically.”
A New Verification System
Along with a small shift in focus, Bibles for China has been compelled to alter the way in which they function. Adjustments in authorities have made it very troublesome for Westerners to do a lot past conventional sight-seeing.
That is why Bibles for China depends extra closely on companions they’ve made previously. They not ship groups into China to confirm Bibles and encourage native believers; as a substitute, they work with Chinese language companions who do the coordination for them.
“They send us reports. Numbers of Bibles to specific churches and those kinds of things. And then we’ve had partnerships for many years with several provinces. We trust the leaders. We’ve been there multiple times. They send us a similar report. Number of Bibles, names of Churches … So, we do still have a verification process, it’s just a little different.”
These modifications may be troublesome. Nevertheless, Bibles for China is continuous to convey Bibles and examine supplies to individuals who want them in China, not less than for now.
Pray for Revival
When requested how individuals can pray, Rovenstine recounted the final time he was permitted to attend a church service in China. The pastor spoke in regards to the dry bones in Ezekiel. He requested his individuals to hunt a revival in China by means of the ability of the Holy Spirit.
Rovenstine explains, “Not that there aren’t good things already, but it’s so easy to see the conflict, trouble, and persecution and strife and think that the dry bones are going to just remain in the valley and continue to rattle around in the desert wind. But as Ezekiel saw that great vision, I think we can pray for a great coming together of the Church in China and the Church around the world. That the Holy Spirit through the word of God, through the determination and faithfulness of His people there would be a great revival.”
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