Together with our Lord, let us work for a Gospel China
A letter to the Christian sisters and brothers in the United States and the rest of the world
Xu Yong Hai
Ten years ago, in 1990, China had 4 million Christians. Today, in year 2000, Chinese Christians ballooned to 80 millions. That is a 20 fold increase of Christian population in China in a 10 year period. This is a unique phenomenon in the history of missionary work worldwide. This unique phenomenon is a miracle from the Lord.
Similar to the early churches, in China in the past ten years, many sisters and brothers carried the cross for the sake of the gospel. They were arrested, beaten, incarcerated, and fined. There are many moving witnesses. Just as in the early church time, in the past ten years in China, the Lord iswith every Christian soldiers. The Lord gave them strength, and console them when they suffered. Whenever they spread the gospel, the gospel were accepted. Everywhere they worked, the Lord let them see the fruit. The Lord's reward to them were great.
Between 1990 and 2000, we worshipped in the home of pastor Yan Xiang Chen Pastor Yan's home is small. There is only one room, a small room of about 10 square meters. In these gatherings, we have no choir, and no musical instruments. A few years ago, we could not even sing. In the ten year period, Pastor Yan was led away by the police many times. Our gathering swere also halted many times. To continue our worships, Pastor Yan moved the gatherings to the home of his daughter and back again to his home. Although this is a tiny church in the world by any standard, but with the Lord's presence, it is now known worldwide.
In the ten years between 1990 and 2000, many of our sisters and brothers were jailed for the spreading of the gospel. But the Lord used these persecutions to help us grow. I was imprisoned for two years between 1995 and 1997. In those two years, I felt the Lord was with me the whole time and I felt the Christian sisters and brothers all over the world were with me. The two years of my baptism by fire and brimstone help me grow in the Lord. Now, my own home is also turned into a worshipping place. On January 1st, 2000, our gathering was halted by the police. A number of us were brought over to the security police station. But we were not afraid. Our gathering has not stopped because of this incident. We continue our worships. No power on earth will be able to stop our gatherings.
From 1990 to 2000, the last ten years of the last millennium, we have seen the Chinese Christian population increased 20 folds. This is a miracle and an apparition from God. For this miracle we have toiled, we have suffered and yet we felt blessed. This blessedness from God is not for anyone who asks.