In 1998, The Voice of the Martyrs published a story for children called “China: Christians Attend the ‘Bible School in the Air.” Read the story below.
Quietly and secretly, a messenger meets with one of the people seen as an “outlaw” by the government. During the day, these “outlaws” (Chinese Christians) may be fishermen, schoolteachers, fruit vendors, homemakers, or other kinds of workers. After taping the testimonies of these unnamed believers, the messenger slips the tape to a contact person who carries it out of the country at great risk. [Note: Audio recordings used to be commonly stored on cassette tapes.]
This is the story of Chinese Christians from unofficial house churches sharing their faith in Jesus with other Chinese people. After the taped testimony leaves China, The Voice of the Martyrs broadcasts it back into China from Hawaii. Every Saturday, Chinese listeners hear stories of how God is strengthening others who face the same struggles they face.
One Saturday, listeners heard the story of Pastor Allen Yuan and his wife, house church leaders in Beijing. Pastor Yuan was arrested in 1958 for refusing to let the communist government control his church’s activities. For 22 years, he worked in a prison labor camp under harsh conditions. Mrs. Yuan suffered great hardships raising their six children alone.
Since Pastor Yuan left prison in 1979, he and Mrs. Yuan have worked tirelessly to spread the gospel in China. Pastor Yuan says, “Thank God for the radio broadcasts from outside China through which many are saved and edified. We call it the ‘Bible school in the air.’ I really believe the world’s greatest revival will happen in China simply because there are so many people here.”
Pray for China’s unsaved to accept Jesus, for believers to stand firm, for China’s leaders to repent, and for the ‘Bible school in the air’ to help bring about the “world’s greatest revival” that Pastor Yuan longs for.
[Note: Pastor Yuan died in 2005 when he was more than 90 years old.]
Many more people in China have come to Christ since 1998. The majority of Chinese Christians worship in house churches that are not approved by the government. Officials in some regions leave the house churches alone. In other parts of China, police raid house churches, arrest Christians, and take away Bibles.
(See the story here about two raids on children’s programs.)
Today VOM provides Bibles, children’s Bible storybooks, Christian DVDs, and other materials to Christians in China. (Visit www.BiblesUnbound.com to learn about one project.) People in China can also get Christian materials off the Internet. Check the Visitor Map on this site to see if anyone from China is visiting today.