Voice of the Bishop

There are at least 100 million Christins in China, upwards of seventy percent of whom proclaim the Gospel in a place where doing so means risking toture, or prison, or worse for themselves and for their families. I am gratified that God has so many conscientious brothers and sisters standing with them, here in the West — and at the same time horrified at how greatly the harvest needs more of us.

As you can imagine there are limitations to what we can do, given the resources we have available; but even to the extent that we are helping ministries like the ones shown here we are making a difference.

Ministries

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Alpha Relief mobilizes and educates the global Body of Christ to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people living in countries where Christians are persecuted. visit ...

ChinaAid Association (ChinaAid) is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China. They believe that religious freedom is the first freedom, which lays the foundation for all other basic human rights. visit...

Asia Harvest is an inter- denominational Christian ministry working in China and other nations of Asia, helping with strategic and life-changing projects, and seeing God perform exciting and extraordinary things. They work alongside Asian church leaders, including house church leaders in China, helping and equipping them to focus on reaching the lost. Their main focus is China, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Bhutan and northern India. Visit ...

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. visit ...

International Christian Concern acts as a bridge between believers in free countries and believers in persecuted countries. This bridge carries encouragement, prayers and aid in while news, requests, and love flow back over the bridge. The bridge also allows for the voices and concerns of the persecuted to be heard by the Church so that we might move the rest of the world to action on their behalf. Visit: ...

(PLEASE NOTE: the URL for both VOM and ICC contains the word "persecution." Pay attention to the ending, to differentiate between the two sites)

Forum 18 Forum 18 is a Christian web and e-mail initiative to provide original reporting and analysis on violations of the freedom of thought, conscience and belief of all people, whatever their religious affiliation, in an objective, truthful and timely manner. visit

God has given OMF International a heart for Asia and the desire to bring his hope to billions. Growing out of the same passion God placed in the heart of our founder, J. Hudson Taylor, OMF International serves the people of East Asia with the love of Christ. Christ's love compels us to touch lives and leave communities beneficially changed. visit ...

Compass Direct News is a news service dedicated to providing exclusive news, penetrating reports, moving interviews and insightful analyses of situations and events facing Christians persecuted for their faith. visit ...

Revival Chinese Ministries International

MISSION STATEMENT

To see China reached with the Gospel and help the Chinese Church fulfill her call from heaven - to be a blessing to all nations.

Our Focus

TO EQUIP: Strengthening the Chinese Church and leaders through teaching and training.

TO EMPOWER: Furnishing the Chinese Church with Bibles, Christian books, and teaching materials.

TO ENCOURAGE: Raising awareness of the vision of the Chinese Church and being a bridge that allows overseas churches to get involved. Visit: ...

 


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Jeremiah's Fire

I believe the Lord put this Ministry — and, ultimately, this website — into my spirit because He knew I would keep telling the story of the church in China until somebody listened; and then that I would keep telling the story until people got involved.

I admit that before I came to China I read several books about ministry in areas of great persecution — for example, the famous "60/40 windiw," — but like most of us who have read anything about this part of the world, I thought of it as a "problem" that could be solved by sending an offering to some relatively-anonymous organization.

Being here has sensitized me to how pervasive my way of thinking really is, in the Body of Christ, at large. I have vowed to make the challenge of ministry in the persecuted church the centerpiece of my personal Ministry, for as long as have a voice to speak. I am believing God that I will not be alone.

Beginning in March 2012, this page will serve as a supplement to my personal blog; and will offer links to other places that are lifting up the cause of the brothers and sisters who refuse to compromise their faith, in the face of the most terrible and violent persecution,

Chinese Bible Exhibition Forum in Dallas

I was going to put this story below in the "March Reports section; but after reading it i felt compelled to put it in a place where it would gain the most attention. I encourage you to read Dr. Bob Fu's comments at the end of this article, because — like him — I think the hard stance of the faculty members from DTS clearly reflects the level of just plain ignorance about the dire circumstances under which the unregistered majority who worship in house churches face every time they worship together.

Look for a position paper on this meeting, from me, in the days to come.

ChinaAid Society 2011 Persecution Report

In its annual report, ChinaAid showed that Chinese government persecution of Christians and churches had dramatically worsened in 2011. "This trend of worsening persecution has persisted for the past six years," the group said, adding that in 2011 the number of Christians detained for their religious beliefs had soared 131.8% from 2010.

A new government practice last year was targeting churches and individuals who were significantly impacting society, like BeijingĄ¯s Shouwang Church and leading legal activists such as constitutional law expert Dr. Fan Yafeng, who has been under house arrest since December 2010, and award-winning human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who disappeared into official custody for 20 months before being sent to a remote prison in far western China in December 2011 to serve a three-year sentence.

The report also highlighted the worrying increase in the use of torture against detainees, citing a 33.3% increase over 2010 in the number of cases of abuse of all kinds, including torture. download .pdf

Top Ten Persecution Stories of 2011

ChinaAid publishes an annual persecution report as part of it mission to uncover and reveal the truth about religious persecution in China, focusing mainly on persecution of Protestant house churches.

The reports comprehensively document and insightfully analyze all of the reports received by us each year. Each case that we report has been carefully investigated in collaboration with local house church leaders and believers, corroborated through direct interviews with victims and family members, and verified by secondary sources.download .pdf

Spring 2012 Reports