Missio Nexus Podcast Episode 29: ChinaSource — Ted Esler discusses the status of mission to China with Joann Pittman of ChinaSource.
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<p><img src="https://missio-graphics.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Volume+7/China-Statistical-Highlights.png" alt="" width="800" /></p> <p><a href="https://missionexus.org/china-statistical-highlights/"><strong>China: Statistical Highlights</strong></a><br />Statistical highlights that give us a glimpse of the current political situation and status of religion in China. Explore the interactive content of this missiographic with virtual reality using the Zappar app.</p>
Like everything else about China, the landscape of religious life is quite complicated. On paper, the Chinese government, through its constitution and body of regulations, allows space for religious activities of the five legally recognized religions: Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Catholic Christianity, and Protestant Christianity. In reality, however, religious practice, while being legal, is tightly managed by the Party-state. Despite the restrictions, which have been tightening over the past few years, religious life continues to flourish. Take some time to explore the complexity of religion in China.
The new, more restrictive environment in China is impacting local believers, as well as the foreign Christian workers who are serving alongside their Chinese brothers and sisters. New regulations and stricter enforcement are making things more difficult for local believers, leading to an overall increase in harassment and persecution. Foreign Christian workers are also coming under more scrutiny. Yet God continues to build his church in China. In Habakkuk 2:14, we are reminded that God is in control. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas.” This is happening in China, despite difficult circumstances.
Praying for China
Pray that God will keep and comfort his Church in a more difficult time. Pray for wisdom on the part of Christians as they strive to be salt and light in their communities. Pray for Chinese Christians to reach out to the people of other faiths in their workplace and communities. Pray that God’s word will continue to be available in China. Pray for wisdom on the part of foreign workers as they seek to discern the role God has for them in building his church in China. Pray for the leaders of China, that they will adopt a more tolerant posture towards Christianity.
This Missiographic was created in partnership between Missio Nexus and ChinaSource. For more detailed information on ChinaSource and up-to-date information on China go to: chinasource.org
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