Through the interrogations at the police station, they know just about everything about the Harbin ministry. They know how much money is spent, where the churches’ location are, who the leaders are, the names of everyone that was in attendance, etc. So the obvious question is, “What next?”
Many people are probably wondering “how do they move forward” after an event like this happens.
If our American missionary friends get kicked out, how can we in good conscience tell others to go? How can we encourage people to continue to be bold in China? Were we out-of-place in our thinking and bold approach to ministry in a closed country? We talked much, and now we are in trouble. What now?
To me, the answer to these question are simple: we will keep doing what we have always done because it is biblical. Nothing changes. We do not advocate being bold because we think you won’t get caught, but because it is the Bible thing to do.
There are mixed emotions that come with an event like this, but I do know that it encourages me (to train men and continue attempting great things for God). You can be confident that…
We will not back down.
We will not be silent.
We will be loud.
We will be bold.
The churches in Harbin were ultimately caught because they were bold in ministry and the people who don’t approve of Christian activities found out and persecuted them for it.
The reason for the persecution is simple: believers were actively, consistently, and boldly teaching the Bible and establishing local independent churches. If they would stop doing that and just become timid evangelist, there would be no persecution (proof is in the evidence of the thousands living in China just occasionally “sharing” the gospel when opportunities arise).
So, how do they/we/you go forward?
For the churches, they should continue doing what they always have done. Yes, they may evaluate some of the areas they have used for outreach and change the methods, but they must continue getting the gospel out and teaching the Word of God. They must continue meeting together, partaking in the Lord’s supper, baptizing new converts, supporting their pastor, etc. lest they cease to be a local church.
For perspective missionaries, come with us to China and risk being deported for the gospel. When the police came the first time in 2011, I was the only one on our team that was in attendance. They questioned me on the spot and warned me about all the laws of China. At that time, there was one main church in Harbin and no churches in Dalian. Now, there are four churches in Harbin (with men training to start more), and there are two new churches in Dalian. Look how much was accomplished within a short-time! Let us help train you to do just this, start churches and train men!
For us, China is risky, and we will risk it. Afterall, we are missionaries, it’s an occupational hazard. This is not the first time of persecution for our team. You can read back through the post on this blog and see that we have experienced this as a team and will continue to experience it.
Read through the blog post from 2011 and you will see that we haven’t changed much, but will continue boldly serving the Lord, even in persecution!
✪ August 07, 2011 – Urgent Prayer Request
✪ August 07, 2011 – What Happened on Sunday Morning
✪ August 09, 2011 – Thoughts from What Happened Sunday
✪ August 10, 2011 – The Questioning, Things to Note
✪ August 12, 2011 – Church Situation – Quick Update
✪ August 13, 2011 – A text from the Police Officer
✪ August 14, 2011 – Great Service this Morning!
✪ August 15, 2011 – What’s Next?
✪ August 16, 2011 – Serving in Persecution
✪ August 17, 2011 – 4 Red Flags
✪ August 19, 2011 – The 007 Perception vs. Reality