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Bold Chinese Sunday School Students


[From the Kids of Courage archives.]

Secret Sunday Schools
Sometimes it takes extra courage just to go to Sunday school in China. Government officials do not approve of adults teaching children under 18 about God and Jesus. The Bible does not agree (See Deuteronomy 6:6–7.)

At times Chinese officials ignore churches that have Sunday school classes for children. But sometimes police raid the classes and then put teachers and parents of the students in jail.

In recent years The Voice of the Martyrs and other ministries reported about a number of bold young believers in secret Sunday schools.

Jesus Forever
A story that was reported several years ago shows that some Chinese Christian children are not getting any less bold in the face of persecution. Chinese police raided a Sunday school class of more than 30 children and took them to the police station in a large van.

The children knew they were in trouble because of their Christian activities. Their teachers had warned them about what might happen if they came to Sunday school.

The students might have been a bit scared about what would happen to them. But the students praised God anyway, singing Christian songs together in the van. A Chinese pastor told VOM that students are often treated badly at school if others discover they are Christians.

At the police station, the children were taken into a room for questioning. A policeman began to threaten them. He told them they could not leave until they wrote, “I do not believe in Jesus” 100 times. Boldly, the children wrote: “I believe in Jesus today. I will believe in Jesus tomorrow. I will believe in Jesus forever.”

The policemen did not know what to do. When the children’s parents came to the station, the police said they could not take their children home unless the parents said they didn’t believe in Jesus anymore. One widow said, “You will just have to keep them, because without Jesus, there would be no way for me to take care of them.” She was allowed by the annoyed policemen to take her children home anyway.

Praise God for these Chinese children’s confidence in Jesus and their obedience to do their part in witnessing to unbelievers. Pray all of China will have the opportunity to hear about His love.