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Cheng Jie

China
Hualin with family photos

Cheng Jie is a Christian in China. She and her husband, Hualin, have two sons who are less than 5 years old.

But Cheng Jie was sent to prison and could no longer help Hualin care for their children. “I don’t know how to take care of kids,” said Hualin. “When they ask me things, I don’t know how to answer. The kids need mom. I cannot help.”

Cheng Jie was the director of a Christian school that is part of their church. Hualin is a youth pastor. The government complained about the books and materials Cheng Jie’s school used to teach kindergarteners. And they put her in prison.

“As a full-time pastor, I have prepared myself to be in jail,” Hualin said. “Unfortunately it is not me; it is my wife in jail. The younger son is only 2 years old, so he really doesn’t know much about mom. The older one always asks for mom. Every day he prays that mom will come home soon.

“I wish for my wife to come back home so our family can be reunited. Pray for her, to keep her strong faith in God. And also pray that she can share the gospel in jail. Her lawyer said she is sharing the gospel in jail.”

(Source: Report from VOM contacts; edited and paraphrased.)


One Billion Need Jesus

On May 4th, China celebrates Youth Day. Events on Youth Day honor the patriotism of youth in China’s history.

Praise God, Christianity is spreading in China. But still, it is estimated that more than 1 billion people in China are not followers of Jesus. (Source: Operation World)

How many is one billion? Draw and cut out a 1-inch by 1-inch square. If possible, set it on a football field. (Or imagine it on a football field.) About 7 million 1-inch squares would fit from end zone to end zone on a football field. You would have to fill 142 football fields with the squares to equal almost 1 billion squares.

On China’s Youth Day, pray that all China’s youth will hear about Jesus and His love for them.


Wenxi Li

China

PrisonerAlert.com is a website of The Voice of the Martyrs. The site tells about Christians who are in prison for their faith in Christ or for their Christian work. You can read stories about the prisoners and find instructions for sending them a message in their own language.

The site tells information about prisoners who have been released. Wenxi Li was a prisoner in China for 729 days until he was released. While he was in prison, PrisonerAlert.com readers sent him 2756 encouraging letters through the site. Read more about him on Prisoner Alert.

Wenxi, who has a wife and two children, was put in prison because of his work helping to set up a Christian bookstore. His wife said that Wenxi’s work is very important to him, and that he will probably want to continue it now that he is out of prison.

Please pray for Wenxi and his family.

To Think About

  • Wenxi’s wife said that he will probably want to continue the kind of work that got him arrested. Why do you think Wenxi wants to do that?
  • How would you feel during Wenxi’s time in prison if you were Wenxi’s children? How do you think they felt when he was released? How do you think they feel about his desire to continue his Christian work? Do you think they are proud of him?

Hidden Missionaries

Nigeria
Mary Slessor and her adopted children

Missionaries are Christians sent on missions, often to other countries, to spread the good news of Jesus among people who don’t yet know Him. Sometimes their work is risky. Jesus told His followers that they would be persecuted as He was. (See John 15:18–22.)

Find the names of six missionaries in the sentences below. Do some research to find out more about any whose stories you don’t know.

Search for the following names. (If they have a first and last name, search only for the last.)

  • Peter (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Andrew (Jesus’ disciple)
  • Cecil Dye
  • John and Betty Stam
  • Mary Slessor
  • Bruce Olson
  1. James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
  2. Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
  3. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
  4. In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
  5. Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
  6. In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

 

Name Search Answers

1. Stam
James 3:7 tells about creatures tamed by man.
2. Peter
Psalm 126:5 helps us understand that those who follow the Lord will reap eternal blessings. (“Reap” means to receive something because of what you have done.)
3. Olson
Proverbs 18:2 tells us that fools only want to talk, not listen.
4. Andrew
In 1 Kings 22 the king of Israel entered a battle in disguise, but a Syrian man drew a bow at random and shot him.
5. Dye
Luke 9:57–62 tells about those who wanted to follow Jesus but were not ready, either because of family reasons or because they were not ready to tell their old life “goodbye.”
6. Slessor
In Numbers 22, Balaam said that he never says less or more than God tells him to say.

Bible DVDs for Children

China

The Voice of the Martyrs received the following note from a Christian in China.

“My hometown is located in a remote mountain area, its transportation is poor and people’s income is low, so many young people go to the cities to work. Most members of our church are old people. And the people in the village are either children or old people.

“Without their parents at home, the children are very mischievous and not interested in the gospel; they think the gospel is for the old people. I have been wondering how to share the gospel to them. I am happy when I heard that you have the gospel DVDs. I can share some with the children, so they can start to follow Jesus from their childhood.”

(Edited from the original for clarity.)

The photo above shows Chinese children watching a DVD provided by VOM. How many children can you see in the photo? Pray that they and other Chinese children will learn about Jesus and follow Him.

Download the book Bold Believers in China from the Downloads section of this site.